Congressional Probe of Nazi, Red Activities Gets Under Way Today
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Congressional Probe of Nazi, Red Activities Gets Under Way Today

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Privately-gathered evidence of Nazi activities in this country will be presented by the seven-man house committee to investigate un-American activities when it opens its hearings here tomorrow under the chairmanship of Rep. Martin Dies (Dem.,Tex.), it was revealed today.

Investigators employed by the Dies body, it was ascertained, have been concentrating their attention on learning whether the nazi movement in the United States is financed by the Hitler Government or by German industrial interests.

To aid them in this task, president Roosevelt has ordered the Federal income tax records to be opened for their scrutiny. Returns between Jan. 1, 1932, and Nov. 30, 1938, are being examined by the investigators.

Meanwhile, Chairman Dies announced that more than 25 persons have been subpoenaed by his committee to testify about alleged activities in the United States in the interests of Nazism, Communism and Fascism.

The committee, creation of which was authorized by the House on May 27, Has a $25,000 appropriation. After the Washington sessions, subcommittees may conduct hearings in New York, Detroit and on the Pacific Coast. Among the first witnesses scheduled for tomorrow’s session is H.L. Chailleux, head of the Americanization Committee of the American Legion, who is expected to testify on Communist activities.

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