MONTEVIDEO (Jun. 21)
Parliamentary circles were split tonight on what measures should be taken to counteract Nazi penetration as revealed by a parliamentary committee which has bared an alleged plot to seize the country by force.
The committee’s findings will not be publicly discussed until Monday. Meanwhile, there was much difference of opinion as to how Nazi infiltration could be frustrated without embarrassing Uruguay in her relations with the Reich. An inquiry conducted in political circles disclosed that efforts have already been made to avoid a decision that would strain diplomatic intercourse with Germany.
The biggest problem was posed by the case of Uruguay’s “little Fuehrer,” Julius Dalldorf, press attache of the German Legation, who was not arrested in connection with the plot only because he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. It was pointed out that any steps taken against the Nazi organization in Uruguay must involve Dalldorf and, hence, the responsibility of the German Legation, under whose protection he acted.
Uruguayan authorities have minimized the plot. Newspapers, however, are publishing documents in the parliamentary commission’s possession which are viewed in many quarters as overwhelming evidence against the Nazis. Particularly damning, it was said, is the disclosure of a plan for conquest of the country. This has been studied by Gen. Pedro Sicco, chief of the Army General Staff, who said it revealed a “perfectly defined organization” in the military and economic fields.