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Plot of Embryo Hitler Bared at Probe

December 31, 1934
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A Fascist plot to set up a dictatorship in the place of American democratic government, with Jackson Martindell, Wall street financial counsel, as Fuehrer, was laid bare today in the record of the House committee investigating Nazi and other un-American activities.

An army captain, Samuel Glazier of Baltimore, in charge of a Civilian Conservation Camp at Elkridge, Md., gave the investigators the testimony concerning the dictatorship plan.

Captain Glazier said that Martindell had discussed with him the formation of the “American Vigilantees,” comprising 500,000 men, and backed with $700,000,000 to turn out the administration and set up Martindell as dictator.

According to the testimony, which was made in a recent executive session in New York and withheld, the scheme was closely modeled on German Nazism, with the Jews singled out for the role of scapegoat.


Captain Glazier told the committee Martindell said Adolf Hitler’s rise to power started by the broadcasting of promises of employment to the jobless young men. Similar tactics were planned in this country, the witness reported the Wall street man informed him.

The would-be American Hitler, Captain Glazier stated, betrayed “a particular antipathy against the Jews.”

Martindell and Captain Glazier first met last October when the New Yorker arrived at the Elkridge CCC camp with a letter of introduction reading as follows:

“This will serve to introduce the bearer, Mr. Jackson Martindell, and party, who will be shown every courtesy by you.

“By command of Major General Malone.

“A. P. Sullivan,

“Captain, Adjutant General’s Department,

“Assistant Adjutant General.”


Martindell, the army captain’s testimony revealed, talked of a scheme for forced labor in industry to end the unemployment problem and later invited him to Martindell’s Bernardsville, N. J. estate. Captain Glazier went after receiving approval from corps area headquarters.

“I called up in order to verify his particular status,” the witness said. “They said he was a personal friend of General Malone’s: that he was a very rich man, and that anything I had to say would be at my own discretion …


“While we were eating lunch there was conversation and during the conversation I noticed in his sister and himself a particular antipathy against he Jews …

“He went on to state that there were a lot of people, particularly the Jews, that they were going to get out.”

Solomon Bernich attracted much attention in the late seventeenth century in Rotterdam where he created interest by his prodigious memory of the classics, knowledge of languages and ability to improvise verse.

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