WASHINGTON (Jan. 7)
Anti-Semitic organizations in America will be taken under special observation, it was indicated here today as a result of President Roosevelt’s message yesterday to the reassembled seventy-seventh Congress, in which the President went out of his way to emphasize that this country “must be particularly vigilant against racial discrimination in any of its ugly forms.”
Reports reaching Washington today from various parts of the country reveal that in a number of cities the police have raided meetings held by organizations known to be anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi, including a meeting of the Christian Front last night in Boston. Simultaneously Francis P. Moran, Boston director of the Christian Front, was reported today to have voluntarily appeared before the Boston Police Commissioner and to have surrendered 11,000 books and pamphlets as well as records of the Christian Front.
Meanwhile, the trial of George Hill, secretary of Rep. Hamilton Fish, opened here today. Hill is charged with perjury in connection with his testimony concerning the disappearance of several bags of mail, allegedly containing pro-Axis material, and his denial that he was acquainted with George Sylvester Viereck, indicted German propagandist.
In his historic message to Congress yesterday, President Roosevelt said: “We must guard against divisions among ourselves and among all the other United Nations. We must be particularly vigilant against racial discrimination in any of its ugly forms. Hitler will try again to breed mistrust and suspicion between one individual and another, one group and another, one race and another, one government and another. He will try to use the same technique of falsehood and rumor-mongering with which he divided France from Britain. He is trying to do this even now; but he will find a unity, a unity of will and purpose against him which will persevere until the destruction of all his black designs upon the freedom and people of the world.”