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Strong Nazi Foothold in Bolivian Government Seen

The Nazi fifth column has a strong foothold in the Bolivian Government and army, Russell Porter, New York Times correspondent, reported in a dispatch from Lima, Peru, today.

Hugo Ernst, the Commerce Minister, is half German and the agent of ten German firms, according to Porter. Neilsen Reyes, the half-German director of the protocol of the Bolivian Foreign Ministry and director of the Government’s sports program for Bolivian youth, is an ardent admirer of Hitler, it was said.

The Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior are both generals trained by the Germans and are sympathetic to the Nazis. President Enrique Penarands de Castillo, who was commander-in-chief of the army before his election last March, also was trained by German officers in military strategy.