NEW YORK (Sep. 27)
The existence of a huge smuggling and commercial spy system in this country for the shipment of U.S. war materials to Germany was charged today in a statement issued by Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, chairman of the Joint Boycott Council of the American Jewish Congress and Jewish Labor Committee.
“Investigations undertaken by the Joint Boycott Council for the last several months reveal the existence of an intricate organization of the most daring smugglers who have connections and ramifications with some of the bonafide commercial houses in this country and which are responsible for shipments running as high as $10,000,000 worth of war materials a month destined for Nazi Germany, ” Dr. Tenenbaum asserted.
“The official figure given out by the U.S. Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce of some $153,000 shipped to Germany in seven months, show how the illicit commercial traffic to and from Germany through camouflage and reshipment from and through Cuba, Mexico, South America and Japan has made all supervision by custom officials illusory. In addition, Germany receives millions of dollars worth of U.S. war materials through benevolent neutrals and semi -belligerents.”