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Nazis Drill N.j. School Children in Hitler Tactics, Police Told

June 13, 1934
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The brewing cauldron of Nazi activity in this section came to a boil over the week-end, with a series of new revelations anent the efforts of Hudson County pro-Hitlerites to strengthen their ranks.

Foremost among the developments was a report to police by Mrs. Francis Mueller of 318 Brown street, who charges school children from eight to fifteen years of age are being drilled in accordance with Nazi traditions.

The children gather at 7 o’clock on Sunday mornings at the Brown street address, are stampeded into a line of march by uniformed Nazis, taken goose-stepping to a vacant lot at Hudson avenue and Forty-fifth street and then driven in trucks to a point outside the city limits, where they are drilled in military array, Mrs. Mueller declares.

Police verify her charges, despite the emphatic denial of Henry Woisin, head of the Hudson County section of the Friends of New Germany.

The children, says Mrs. Mueller, are known as the German Boy Scouts.

The above-stated facts will be placed before. Congressman Samuel Dickstein when he arrives in Newark some time this week to continue his committee’s investigation into Nazi activities in this portion of New Jersey.

REPORT “FRIENDS” VETS DEAL

Next in the series of developments was the report of an agreement between Woisin and the Jewish War Veterans post of Hoboken, to the effect that the Hudson County “Friends” will take an official stand against anti-Semitism, in reciprocation for which the veterans will oppose any boycott of German-American businessmen in this country.

The “Friends” have filed incorporation papers in Hudson County, under the title of the American League of Friends of New Germany of Hoboken. The papers give the organization’s headquarters as 760 Palisade Avenue, Union City.

“PROMOTE GOOD WILL”

The group’s purpose, the document states, is “to promote good will, lasting friendship and continued beneficial relations between the United States and Germany; to act at all times and everywhere and under all conditions as straightforward, courageous, just and honorable descendants of the Germanic race, setting an example of blameless conduct, thereby unavoidably creating an atmosphere of genuine good will toward the German people and their government and to cooperate freely and willingly with all of good will to promote mutual understanding and friendship among nations and for honorable peace among mankind.”

Trustees and organizers are Woisin, Karl Griessinger, Karl Schlink, Harold Wilfert and George Voelkers, the latter four all of New York.

SWASTIKA BANNED

Hudson County Nazis met with official rebuff on the part of public safety directors of Union City, North Bergen and West New York, when orders were issued that all swastika emblems, Hitler salutes and Nazi uniforms will be banned by the communities through whose territories the North Hudson branch of the “Friends” is planning to stage a German Day parade next Sunday.

Police in these towns will take every precaution against disorder.

Nazi sympathizers plan to sue Union City officials who have taken steps to prevent both pro-Hitler and anti-Hitler demonstrations. Toward this end the “Friends” organization has begun injunction proceedings against Lewis East-mead, mayor of Union City, and Harry Little, its public safety director.

Eastmead, uncompromising foe of what he regards as subversive activities in his city, has issued the following statement:

“I am in full accord with the position taken by Public Safety Director Little, as I believe this Nazi group to be entirely un-American in its ideals. I do not believe that real American citizens of German descent or origin are really behind the movement of these hyphenated groups, no matter what their racial origin may be. A person is either an American or not. There can be no divided allegiance between nations.”

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