“Hitlerism is seeking to implant itself in the United States. It is seeking to establish its political ideals here. It would seek to establish here the same control by the state of every political, economic, social and religious function and agency that it has established in Germany,” maintains Samuel Duff McCoy in the current issue of Today, which begins the publication of a series of articles “exposing anti-American influences at work in the United States.”
McCoy’s first article is authenticated by documentary evidence and is augmented by a two-page editorial by Raymond Moley, and an additional shorter article by Monitor, entitled “Who’s Who in the Nazi Party.” Numerous photographs illustrate Hitlerite activities in this country. The caption under one of the photographs states: “The growth of the Nazi organization in the United States is proceeding rapidly–at the rate of 400 new members a week in New York, according to leaders.” Another caption declares: “The Nazi’s Chicago local has been built into an important machine for recruiting adherents and spreading propaganda.”
“During this last week of March, 1934, troops wearing a foreign uniform have been drilling in nineteen American cities,” McCoy writes.
“During this same week, in these same communities and in half again as many more, meetings have been held in behalf of a political, economic and social philosophy as alien to America as the uniforms of these troops.
“The uniform and the philosophy are those of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party which made him chancellor in name and dictator in fact of the German Reich.
“Hitlerism has invaded America.
“The invasion is upon a systematic and nation-wide scale. It has been laid out and is being carried out by men professing allegiance to the principles of the Nazi Party in Germany. It has had the approval and, in repeated instances, the active support of official representatives of the Reich.”
In his editorial Dr. Moley calls the Hitlerite invasion of America, as portrayed by McCoy, “a rather clumsy and unpleasant insult to the intelligence of the people of the United States.” He further states:
“As an editor, I am concerned with giving the fantastic development of Hitlerism in this country a thorough airing. I think the American people when they see it in all its ramifications will be sufficiently aware of its dangers to protect themselves from it.” He stresses the fact that not only the Jewish religion has been suppressed by the Nazis but that Catholic and Protestant churches likewise have been persecuted.
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