WASHINGTON (Dec. 16)
Sen. Clifford P. Case, New Jersey Republican, today protested to the U. S. Internal Revenue Service against the forthcoming public auction of Nazi swastika armbands and other Nazi paraphernalia of George Rockwell’s American Nazi Party. He said, in a letter to IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen, that “the public offering of such paraphernalia by the United States Government puts it in the position of purveying for profit the same stock-in-trade as the American Nazi Party.”
The Nazi items are being sold to satisfy tax claims against the Nazis. Rockwell’s headquarters in Arlington, Va. was raided and padlocked earlier this month when Rockwell failed to pay $3,489 in back taxes owed by the Nazi organization. Announcement was made that the confiscated goods would be sold at public auction. Rockwell, meanwhile, has applied for a court injunction to prevent the sale of the Nazi headquarters equipment which includes address nameplates listing Nazi sympathizers throughout the world. Other items to be sold include a large picture of Adolf Hitler, swastika armbands, and other Nazi emblems.