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Open Hearings in Nazi Probe Start Today

June 5, 1934
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First open hearings since the creation of the McCormack Congressional Committee to Investigate Nazi activities will be held in Washington today.


Among those summoned from New York to open hearings of the Congressional Committee to Investigate Nazi Activities in the United States in Washington, are Dr. I. T. Griebl, H. O. Spier, Carl Dickey and Reinhold Walter. They will appear before the committee in its first open hearing today. Walter Kappe, editor of the Deutsche Zeitung, is among those who will appear tomorrow.

Griebl is one of the pioneers in the Nazi movement in this country. He has been identified with the Gleichschaltung of veterans’ organizations and the conversion

of the United German Societies of New York to the code of the Friends of New Germany. He resigned from a post with the city hospitals last Fall after a number of protests had been made against him that he was violently anti-Semitic.

Spier is commander of the Deutsche Legion, a militant organization of German war veterans, and secretary of the DAWA (German American Business Committee), which has as its principal object the boycotting of all Jews and others who boycott Nazi goods.


Dickey is a business associate of Carl Byoir, who has been receiving more than $65,000 for “publicity work” for German rail and tourist interests. It is said on good authority that Byoir is partly Jewish. His record in international publicity manipulations is regarded as unsavory in many circles because it includes such items as the disguise of troubled conditions in Cuba during the Machado regime and the exploitation of the Florida real estate bubble. Byoir is now in Europe. George Sylvester Viereck, one of the staunchest American supporters of pre-Hitler and Hitlerite Germany, receives $1,000 monthly and office expenses from the Byoir fund.

Reinhold Walter is the mystery man of the Friends of New Germany. What his past occupation has been no one appears to know. He earns his living now as head of the national Nazi organization.

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