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House Kills Dickstein Resolution for Nazi Probe

April 9, 1937
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The House today defeated, by the technicality of tabling, the Dickstein resolution for an investigation into Nazi and other un-American activities. The vote was 184 to 38.

The vote came after several representatives had attacked the proposed probe, some of them contending that it would harm the Jews. Pep. Maury Maverick (Dem., Texas) said it would “embarrass” the Jews. He read a letter he had received saying that Jews “roost criminals” and are “the worst racketeers in the country. The Texas representative made it clear he did not subscribe to these views.

Rep. Warren (De., Mprtj Carolina) charged that the investigation was for “The self-glorification of those who connect it.” Rep O’Malley, (Dem/., Wisconsin) declared the inquiry would “stir up bigotry and persecution.”

The debate consumed two hours. It began with parliamentary tricks to block Mr. Dickstein. A recommendation was made that bills proposed by the investigating committee headed by Rep. McCormack of Mass. three years ago be resurrected.


Rep. Dies of Texas today defended his bill providing of deportation of alien Fascists and Communists at a House Immigration Committee hearing. He declared Fascist and Communist countries were spreading propaganda in the United States.

There are thousands of Fascists and Communists in America, he charged, through whom Germany and Russia are building followings in America so that in the event of war the propaganda machines would operate in influencing America declaring war on them.

Mr. Dies recommended leniency in cases where hardship would result from deportation. He said no religious or racial intolerance was intended by his bill.

A hearing for opponents of the bill will be held next Wednesday.

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