Leaders of the Columbians Go on Trial Today; Ties with Pro-nazi Elements Uncovered

The Columbians, anti-Semitic and anti-Negro organization with headquarters here, has made efforts to set up branches in many other states and has contacted other pro-fascist, nationalist organizations, it was disclosed today by Solicitor-General Ernest E. Andrews on the basis of information uncovered by the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League.

League investigators found that one Raymond C. Vick, who has a police record dating back to 1931, had been authorized by Emory Burke and Homer Loomi. Jr., Columbian leaders, to establish a branch in his home city of Indianapolis. Plans were afoot for other branches in Wisconsin, Florida, Tennesses, Texas, Minnesota and California. Contact had been made with nationalist groups in those states, which offered to cooperate with the Columbians.

Burke, Loomis and Ira Jett, a third member, are to go on trial tomorrow charged with illegal possession of dynamite. The first two are also accused of rioting. New evidence of Burke’s ties with pro-Nazi forces have also been obtained by the Anti-Nazi League. It cited a letter written by Burke on Feb. 13, 1943, in which he stated: “If Germany falls, the entire white race falls, and the world will be turned over to the barbarian Asiatic and filthy Jew.”

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