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Friday, July 28, 1950
McCarthy activities
EXPOSED
BY MILTON FRIEDMAN
(Copyright, 1950, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
WASHINGTON—
North Korean Communists, guilty of atrocity killings of Ameri
can wounded, may be comforted by the knowledge that Sen. Joseph
R. McCarthy, R.-Wis., protects such murderers. It was McCarthy
who obstructed the punishment of Nazi stormtroopers who machine
gunned unarmed American wounded and other prisoners at Malmedy.
Now that McCarthyism has
been exposed, it may clearly be
shown that the Senator has align
ed himself not only with the Nazis
and American anti-Semitic ele
ments, but has also given aid and
comfort to the Communists.
McCarthy effectively defended
members of the Waffen S.S. unit
responsible for the Malmedy mas
sacre. This particular unit was
known by the Nazis high com
mand as the “Blow Torch Bat
talion” in recognition of its burn
ing of villages—including the
Jewish inhabitants—on the East
ern Front. Before the Senate last
year McCarthy cried that “these
young men” were being unfairly
treated by the U.S. He accused the
American Army of “failing com
pletely to protect the rights of
the innocent (the S.S.)”
Nazis took much comfort from
McCarthy’s loud complaint that
members of the interrogation
team which questioned the S.S.
men “were American citizens of
very recent origin” and that some
were Jewish. McCarthy indicated
that he feared such people might
not be fair to “these boys.”
Although many of the S.S. men
confessed, McCarthy accused the
Army of extorting confessions. A
Senate investigation was conduct
ed. The sub-committee’s report
condemned McCarthy and upheld
the Army’s treatment of the Nazis
as fair. Scoring McCarthy’s al
legations, the committee reported,
“this was certain to damage the
American position in Germany.
As a result of McCarthy’s noise,
legal action against the confessed
killers was delayed and obstruct
ed; many eluded justice.”
The Communist press, anxious
to attack the integrity of the
American Army, exploited Mc-
Carthy’s false charges. Those
forced confessions, said Radio
Moscow, were typical of Ameri
can “imperialist brutality.” In
this way McCarthy furnished the
Russians with excellent propa
ganda to broadcast to Western
Germany.
The Senate subcommittee ask
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ed that “the Defense Department
or other appropriate agencies
should carefully investigate the
possibility of the existence of a
! plan to revive the German na
[ tionalist spirit by discrediting the
' American military government.”
i Hinting that McCarthy might be
serving Moscow, the subcommit
tee also suggested that the gov
ernment “determine if this is part
of a larger plan to bring parts of
Germany into closer relationship
with the Soviet Union.
McCarthy said recently that he
thinks “too much of the Jewish
race as a whole to do anything
which might even remotely be
considered anti-Semitic.” He said
this in a letter to David Rabino
vitz, a Sheboygan attorney. He
promised Rabinovitz that he
would expunge a questionable
insertion from the Congressional
Record.
The insertion by McCarthy of
a newsletter by Upton Close, con
taining conspicuous anti-Semitic
innuendo, was reported in this
column several months ago. It
aroused the ire of Wisconsin
Jewry.
While McCarthy refused t o
concede that Close was anti-
Semitic he explained that he de
cided to remove the item from
the Congressional Record because
“I have so many friends who are
Jewish.”
McCarthy, however, explained.
“I went over his (Close’s) letter
then and have again gone over
it, and could find nothing which
I could consider anti-Semitic in
the letter. I have also shown it
to a number of other Senators
and they agree with me that the
mere fact that he mentions two
Jewish people makes it no more
anti-Semitic than it would have
been anti-Germanic, had he men
tioned two Germans.”
The letter in which McCarthy
saw no anti-Semitism contained
a number of slurs. Attacking Red
infiltration, it said: “Here’s what
happened: Young men with new
ideas came into the State Depart
ment and other departments . . .
Felix Frankfurter, from Vienna,
taught them guile.”
Close’s bigoted views are well
known. Many pages of the Anti*
Defamation League’s annual re
port are devoted to his activities.
Not only does Close express pro-
German sentiments but he goes
to great lengths on the Jewish
“question.” In a speech at Mil
waukee, Close said, “Thirty mil
lion Americans of German des
cent should arise united and fight
the present administration and
the B’nai B’rith ...”
Testimony in the now-infamous
spy hoax hearings revealed that
McCarthy’s “facts” were furnish
ed by persons of questionable
background. William J. Goodwin,
on whom McCarthy relied, was a
rabid Christian Fronter. He was
quoted by John Roy Carlson in
“Under Cover,” as saying:
“There’s nothing wrong with fas
cism. Hitler has done a good job
in Germany.” Goodwin ran for
Congress from New York in 1936
with the support of Father
Charles E. Coughlin’s Christian
Front movement. According to
Goodwin, the Christian Front was
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“a very fine organization of
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ashamed.”
In 1941 Goodwin received York
ville Nazi support when he incor
porated the American Rock Party
and ran for mayor as its “dove of
peace” candidate.'Father Cough
lin aided him. During the darker
days of World War 11, Goodwin
became treasurer of the “Ameri
can Democratic National Com
mittee,” an anti-Roosevelt racist
pressure group. This committee
was investigated by the House.
Another member of the group
with which McCarthy allied him
self is Robert M. Harris. Before
World War 11, Harris was finan
cial adviser to Father Coughlin.
He was also an organizer of the
racist group of which Goodwin
was treasurer. The Government
indicted Harris last year for fail
ure to register under the Con
gressional Lobby Act.
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