WASHINGTON (Jan. 21)
The House Committee Investigating Un-American Activities today secretly questioned witnesses active in disseminating anti-Jewish propaganda in this country, some of whom admitted at the hearing that they are “in favor of executing all the Jews in the United States.”
While the names of the witnesses were withheld, Martin Dies, the chairman of the Committee, disclosed after the hearing that all the material submitted by the witnesses was directed against the Jews. One of the witnesses, he said, expressed himself freely, stating he favored “not persecution but execution of the Jews.” Dies added that the committee report, when completed, will show that the Fascist elements in this country are conducting a tremendous amount of anti-Semitic activities. “The report will disclose that the Fascist movement in America is as well organized and has as many people connected with it as it did in Germany shortly after the Nazi movement had started,” Dies declared.
William Dudley Pelley, anti-Semitic leader of the Silver Shirts of America, was yesterday sentenced by Superior Court Judge F. Phillips in Ashville, N.C., to serve two to three years in prison for violating the North Carolina Security Laws. The judge directed that Pelley be immediately confined in the county jail.