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Nye Bill Seen As Aid to Anti-jewish Publications After War

July 29, 1942
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An attempt by Social Justice, X-Ray and other Jew-baiting publications to make a comeback after the war was seen today in a bill introduced by Senator Gerald P. Nye, Democrat of North Dakota. Nye was one of the Senate’s leading isolationists before Pearl Harbor.

The bill, referred yesterday to the Senate Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, would “relieve newspapers and periodical publications which have voluntarily suspended publication for the duration of the war from payment of second-class mailing fees upon resumption of publication.” Legally, it might be argued that Social Justice and X-Ray “voluntarily” suspended publication, although both were facing hearings which would probably have resulted in permanent revocation of their mailing privileges. A spokesman for the post office department indicated that it would probably fight any such contention.

At Senator Nye’s office, it was said that the bill was suggested by an unspecified North Dakota publication, but that it would probably have a “wider application.” The post office department pointed out that many legitimate publications, such as trade organs for industries abolished by the war effort, have also suspended.


Gerald B. Winrod, editor of the anti-Semitic magazine “The Defender,” was free today after posting $5,000 bond in United States District Court here. Winrod, a candidate for the Republican senatorial nomination in Kansas four years ago, was the first to be arraigned of 28 defendants indicted last week on charges of plotting to undermine the morale of the Army and Navy. All the others in custody will be arraigned Thursday.

Winrod came here from Wichita to ask for the special arraignment so that his lawyer could file a special motion attacking the indictment. Justice James W. Morris allowed 20 days for the filing of the motion. Winrod refused to make any statement on the charges against him.

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