London (Jun. 23)
Found â€” a new German export that pays no customs duties, evades anti-Nazi boycotts and is only made possible for export by the activities of the Hitler regime in Germany.
This new export product is a highly qualified espionage service offered to employers in England to help them rid themselves of the “economic pests” â€” trade union leaders. German detective agencies, according to the bulletin of the International Transport Federation, which formerly offered their services to German manufacturers to report on the political activities of employes and to fight trade unions, are now seeking assignments in England. The once fertile German field is closed to them because their work has been taken over by the Gestapo, General Goering’s secret police.
One agency offers its services “actively to combat” trade unionism in the workshops.
In a circular marked ‘strictly confidential’ and sent to factory owners and managers, they place at the service of their clients ‘eight years’ practical specialized experience in combatting trade unionism’,” states the bulletin.
“The circudar adds: ‘We should like to give you the opportunity of taking steps to rid yourselves entirely of the economic pests in your firm, unnoticed by the circles concerned, and disorganize their personnel by means of a timely and unobtrusive purge.’
“This strictly confidential letter is accompanied by testimonials from industrial leaders.
“One reads: ‘The investigations carried out by you have provided the firm with valuable clues for purging the personnel so that it has been possible to bring about the discharge of numbers of radical left-wingers.
” ‘The confidential agent who acted on our behalf managed to inform himself excellently as to the state of affairs without exposing himself in any way.’”