Senate Votes to Re-admit Ex-nazi Who Gave Up U.S. Citizenship

A former member of the anti-Semitic German-American Bund who gave up his American citizenship to serve Hitler would be re-admitted to the United States under the terms of a special bill passed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The German is Alfred Theodor Ex, whose re-admission is being arranged by Congress despite a Justice Department recommendation that he be excluded because of pro-Hitler activities.

Following approval of the bill by the Senate it was sent to the House. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman William Langer personally introduced it. Despite the fact the Justice Department report on the German urged his exclusion, the bill passed the Senate without any opposition from Sen. Pat McCarran who claims to be the principal opponent of the admission of totalitarians.

The Justice Department report on Mr. Ex said that “on June 4, 1946, he admitted in Berlin that he had been a member of the German-American Bund from 1929 to 1937, that he had held office in that organization in 1937, and in 1941 he received a certificate of German citizenship.” The Department also pointed out that Mr. Ex, “on June 20, 1946, was convicted by a summary military government court in Berlin of knowingly making false statements to the Allied forces.”

After studying the case the Justice Department concluded that his re-admission would not be desirable, saying that “when it seemed to serve his purpose best, he renounced U.S. citizenship and embraced German nationality.” It is despite this Justice Department report, however, that Congress is acting to expedite the admission of Mr. Ex.

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