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Jewish Veterans Hold Rally in Union Square, Closed to Rockwell

More than 1,000 New Yorkers today attended an Independence Day celebration here in Union Square–the area denied for a proposed rally by George Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party. The celebration had been organized by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States.

New York State Assemblyman Irwin Brownstein, one of the men responsible for obtaining an order from Mayor Robert F. Wagner, forbidding the Rockwell meeting in Union Square, was among the speakers. All of the speakers condemned all forms of totalitarianism, and assailed Rockwell’s Nazi sentiments.

Police were out in strength to prevent any attacks that might have been made by local adherents of Rockwell. However, the patriotic celebration was unmarred.