Ford, General Motors Deny Contributions to Hitler
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Ford, General Motors Deny Contributions to Hitler

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Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., president of General Motors Corporation, and the office of Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich., yesterday both informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that they had made no contributions to the Nazi party’s coffers in Germany, as alleged this week in London by “Johannes Steel,” in a sensational book, “Hitler as Frankenstein.”

Mr. Sloan stated in a letter which he wrote personally to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “It is against the policy of General Motors Corporation to make contributions of any kind, directly or indirectly, of a political character, therefore no contributions have been made to the movement in question.”

Mr. Ford’s office in Dearborn informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by telegram: “We have no record of any contributions such as you mentioned.”

On July 24, following announcement of the publication of Steel’s volume in London, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s office here dispatched telegrams to Mr. Sloan, Mr. Ford and to the office of J. P. Morgan stating that allegations had been made in London under highly reputable sponsorship that they had contributed sums ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to support the Hitler movement in Germany. “Your answer to this charge is of paramount importance and interest to millions of Jews and non-Jews in the United States and abroad,” they were told.

Mr. Morgan did not answer the telegram because he could not be reached. At present he is in the British Isles.

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