Naturalized Americans Will Bear Great Share in Defeating Hitler, U.S. Official Says

The U.S. Government will send special representatives to various theatres of war to confer citizenship on soldiers in the American armed forces who were born in other countries, regardless of their nationality or race, it was announced last night by Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization.

Speaking at a dinner in the Roosevelt Hotel which marked the tenth anniversary of the Neue Volkszeitung, oldest anti-Nazi publication in the German language in this country, Mr. Harrison said that “a substantial share in the inevitable defeat of Nazism and Fascism will be borne by Americans born in the countries where once those freedom-crushing forces appeared to flourish.” Ho added that the concept of the old “melting pot” here has been scrapped through gradual realization of its fallacies. The principal speakers at the dinner included Mrs. Roosevelt and Constantine Poulos, chief of the foreign language press section of the Office of War Information.

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