The Foreign Office of the National Socialist party in Hamburg, Germany, yesterday failed to cable instructions to Nazi emissaries here or to take a definite stand in the internecine warfare which has torn American Nazidom to shreds and has undone the carefully wrought work to which Hitler agents here have devoted many months of untiring energy.
Failure of Hitler’s German lieutenants to show their hand in the American situation was believed in part due to fear on the part of Hamburg authorities that the extremist Anton Haegele, leader of the successful putsch to seize control of the New York sector of the League of Friends of New Germany, would defy even the high command of Reich officialdom in the flush of his victory.
Meanwhile Dr. Hubert Schnuch, national president of the Friends waged what appeared to be a losing fight yesterday against the putsch led by Haegele and supported by virtually every former Manhattan and Bronx official in the Nazi organization.
Goaded to desperation by the Haegele coup which gave the putsch possession of the Deutscher Beobachter, recognized mouthpiece of Nazidom in the United States, the Schnuch forces countered with daily handbills printed in German and ostensibly issued as “special editions” of the Beobachter.
Although Schnuch claimed through the medium of these sheets that the Haegele separatists are daily losing ground, and declared that “persons who last week were saying ‘Heil Haegele!’ are now shouting ‘Hell Haegele’!” it seemed likely yesterday that the organization will have to become resigned to the loss of Manhattan and the Bronx.
Haegele expects to make an imposing show of strength tonight at a meeting in Turn Halle. Eighty-fifth street and Lexington avenue, to which all Manhattan