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Demand Swastika Fly on World Fair Building Repulsed by Germans

July 31, 1933
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Demands by a group of Chicago Nazis that the swastika banner of the Hitler government be unfurled over the German-American Building at the Century of Progress Exposition met with a second refusal yesterday from the advisory committee of Chicago Germans to the World Fair. The committee comprises the Chicago section of the national German-American group representing German interests at the Fair.

Miss Marie Becker, president of the German-American Hostess Society, Inc., presided at yesterday’s gathering, which was attended by Vice Consul Tannenburg, of the German Consulate here, besides the German Consul General, Hugo Simon, who advised the executive committee that he would like to see the wishes of his government respected and the Nazi flag raised to take its place alongside the seven others now flying atop the German-American Building. He said, however, that he did not intend to make an issue of the matter since the present German regime was not officially participating in the World Fair.

The committee decided that because Germany was not officially represented at the Fair it was not imperative for both the old imperial flag and the new Nazi flag to be flown.

Chicagoans got a good view of the new Nazi flag two days ago when the first German ship to dock in this city since the World War arrived here. The ship flew the Nazi flag on its aft flagstaff. The ship, Leonora, is a freighter, built in 1882. It was one of the thirteen German steamers sunk in the port of Libau, Esthonia, during the World War to blockade the Russian fleet. For eight years the Leonora lay on the floor of the Baltic Sea; than it was salvaged and rebuilt.

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