Representative Samuel Dickstein, chairman of the House Committee on Immigration, will leave for Washington Sunday to confer with Secretary of State Hull on the question of Nazi propaganda which is allegedly being spread throughout the nation by Hitlerite followers.
Mr. Dickstein attracted considerable attention when he announced a few weeks ago that he has accumulated evidence tending to prove that the German government is smuggling aliens into this country. Their purpose, Mr. Dickstein alleges, is to create a Nazi American party and sponsor here the policies of the Hitler regime.
The facts which have been unearthed by Mr. Dickstein will be presented by an unofficial investigating committee comprising members who are to be named.
More than 300 consular employees have entered the United States recently, mostly to engage in propaganda activities, Congressman Dickstein charges. The propaganda is conducted by aliens in an organized system. Many other aliens have been smuggled in on German ships as seamen. A fund of $3,000,000, sent by Germany, is financing the propaganda campaign here.
According to Mr. Dickstein, thousands of communications have been sent to him approving the investigation and offering cooperation in apprehending Nazi henchmen in the country.
Official circles at the Capital are reported to be doubting the advisability of asking Dr. Hans Luther, German ambassador, to appear before the Immigration Committee. This was Mr. Dickstein’s proposal, although Dr. Luther may decline on grounds of diplomatic immunity.
The statements of Mr. Dickstein were contested by Dr. Luther, who said that the consular force in this country had been considerably decreased on account of the depression. The State Department issued a statement declaring it could discover no figures which tally with those of Congressman Dickstein regarding the arrival of German consul attaches. Meanwhile, from Berlin came the announcement that the Reich government has no intention of proselytizing the United States.