RICHMOND, Va (Apr. 8)
Governor Albertis S. Harrison this weekend signed a bill passed by the state legislature here revoking the charter of the American Nazi Party, but declared in a statement issued after the signing that the Nazi party will still be able to use the word “Nazi” in its organizational title.
Stating that “it would have been preferable to ignore the group,” the Virginia Chief Executive said that, in effect, all the legislature accomplished by passage of its bill “is to deny the Nazi party the status of a Virginia corporation. ” However, since the measure had been adopted, the Governor stated, he would not “substitute” his judgment and opinion above that of the legislature.
A batch of 1, 300 swastikas, costing $29.64, was taken out of circulation this weekend by the head of a manufacturing firm in West New York, N. J., which had made the Nazi symbols on the order of souvenir merchants–then found himself picketed by trade unionists who objected to the “insidious” emblem.