Nazis Accused As Smugglers of Propaganda
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Nazis Accused As Smugglers of Propaganda

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Evidence of Nazi propaganda smuggled into this country under the guise of commercial advertising was forwarded yesterday by the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League, of which Samuel Untermyer is president, to Chairman John W. McCormack of the House committee investigating Nazi propaganda activities here.

“Pamphlets, speeches and other printed matter preaching Nazi doctrines,” it was pointed out by the League, “are flooding the country disguised as commercial matter. The propaganda material is enclosed with circulars or letters from industrial firms so that they go through the mails appearing like business transactions.


“Importing firms have reported to us that practically every mail from Germany offering products for sale has official propaganda literature enclosed.”

Among the items forwarded to Chairman McCormack was an advertisement for a German laxative for babies sent to the Pure Product Syrup Corporation of Brooklyn. Enclosed with the treatise, lauding the qualities of the stomach ache remedy and quoting testimonials as to its efficiency, were copies of the speech of Adolf Hitler delivered before the Reichstag on July 31 and copies of the speech recently made by Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, in Warsaw.


The Goebbels’ pamphlet carried a vitriolic attack on the Jews. It said in part:

“It should be borne in mind that, before we came into power, the Jews in Germany exercised a paramount influence on the whole of intellectual life. They #ossessed most of the movable and immovable capital invested in the country. They had the press, literature, stage and film absolutely and unreservedly in their hands.

“In large towns, for instance, in Berlin, they represented up to seventy-five per cent of the total medical and legal professions. By imposing excessive interest rates they brought agriculture to the verge of ruin. They made public opinion. They controlled the stock exchange and had Parliament and the political parties under their protection. At the same time they represented only nine-tenths of one per cent of the population. It will be understood in the light of these facts that the defensive measures against them were inevitable.”

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