A review of the anti-Semitic activities of the Nazis in America is given by George Seldes in the current issue of Today, weekly publication, of which Prof. Raymond Moley is editor.
Mr. Seldes, in an article on “Hitlerism Marches in America,” asserts that the Friends of New Germany and the Silver Shirts are crumbling, but the anti-American and anti-Semitic spirit which they raised is still abroad in the land.
“Today,” Mr. Seldes writes,” “published the history, platform and functions of various American Nazi, anti-Semitic and Fascist organizations, notably the Silver Shirts, whose policy of race hatred was exposed nationally for the first time.
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Then came the Congressional investigation. Evidence and testimony revealed:
“That the American branch of the Stahlhelm in German army uniforms, equipped with rifles obtained from the New York National Guard, which Nazis had joined, drilled openly, under orders of German officers.
“(Testimony of Stahlhelm Commander Frank Mutchinski).
“That Consul General Kiep paid $4,000 for the dissemination of publicity for Germany; that Carl Byoir and Associates received that money and later contracted for $6,000 a month to spread propaganda for a German tourist bureau.
“That a minor German official was the financial backer of a German propaganda pamphlet; that a letter from the Rev. Francis Gross, retired Hungarian priest, contained the expression that ‘repercussions and sensation in the American and world press might even cause the recall of Dr. Luther’ if his correspondence with Luther became public.
“(Ambassador Luther denied sponsoring the pamphlet).
“That Hitler planned to win to the Nazi cause all the Germans in the world, especially those in the United States; that he stopped activities in America after protestations by Ambassador Dodd.
“That shipments of Nazi propaganda were made on German liners.”