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Commies Free To Roam U.S, ^V>*IV^1V4( OVl<i < docket Oct. 7. VIEW YORK - Leaders of the American Communist party had a gay time with hundreds of their followers at Labor Day picnics replete with shishkabob and steak cookouts. They ran these outings in the suburbs of several big cities. They had good reason for being carefree. That holiday marked exactly 12 years and 9 months since the federal government first got a futile decision ordering the Communist party to register as a "Communist-action organization" and to obey other sections of the Internal Security Act. That decision was supported by the Supreme Court on June 5, 1961. Yet, not only is the party free to organize and agitate in behalf of the policies of the Soviet Union, but its leaders have not yet been tried, though they have been charged with defying our nation's highest courts. Two of those leaders are now scheduled to stand trial next month. Gus Hall, described by the government as the party's general secretary, is due for The other party chief, Benjamin J. Davis, listed by the Jus- ..v <•-» "55- <s >,\.A.'v*j»x,;-'" . ,1 tice Dept. as the Communists' of such world Communist move- national secretary, is scheduled ment." for trial Oct. 28. But insiders will wager that the federal court will board and the courts, Gus Hall postpone the cases, and leave the and Ben Davis are in effect or- 2 free to continue operating on ganizing for and championing a $5,000 bail bonds each. * THEY ARE formally accused of failing to register with the gov- labor front is another defiant ernment the Communist party's Communist, Irving Potash. membership, finances, sources of income, printing presses and oth- this man listed as national chair, er properties. But this takes on ' " full significance only if one reads the key paragraph of a 132-page report issued against the party by the Subversive Activities Control Board. "Upon the overwhelming weight of the evidence in this proced- ing," the report reads, "we find that respondent (the Communist party is substantially directed, dominated and controlled by the Soviet Union which controls the world Communist movement referred to in Section 2 of the Act, and that respondent operates primarily to advance the objectives Was A Good Slav ander, had been murdered by political assassins at Marseilles in October, 1934. There is a story that when the 17-year-old son was told by Queen Marie of Romania, his grandmother, that his father was killed and that he, the boy, would soon become king, he wept, saying, "Grandmama, I am too young to be king." Prince Paul became regent. The fall of France in June, 1945, brought Yugoslavia to the edge of ruin. The Serbs and Croats were at each other's throats. Italy was hostile. The Germans were encircling her, making deals with Bulgaria and other neighbors. Powerful elements within Yugoslavia urged a pact be signed with Hitler. In March, 1941, Paul followed the then well worn path to Berchtesgaden. He committed his country to the Nazis. * ^UT THERE was in Yugoslavia army elements that preferred the nation not die ignobly. Prince Paul was forced to abdicate. On March 28, the young man who, a few years before, had been confronted with the news of his father's murder and the tremendous duty soon to be his, took the oath as king. He had escaped the plotters by climbing, at night, down a drainpipe at the palace. The streets of Belgrade knew a brief period of excitement and resolution. The Serbs chanted, "Rather war than the pact; rather death than slavery." Adolph Hitler went into one of his impassioned rages. The minutes of his decision to "destroy Yugoslavia militarly and as a national unit" were found in the captured archives and made a part of the Nuremberg Trials. The fuhrer declared it was necessary that the blow against Yugoslavia be carried out with unmerciful harshness. He wished.to have revenge and to intimidate any who might waver. "Yugoslavia must be annihilated," ordered Hitler. On Friday morning, April <5, 1941, German bombers appeared over Belgrade. They flew in relays from airfields in Romania, For 3 days, from rooftop height, they blasted the defenseless city mercilessly and with cruel thoroughness. When silence fell on April 18, 17,000 citizens of Belgrade lay dead in the streets or under the debris. There was a bizarre detail. Many animals in the famous zoological gardens were lulled. But some of the living, dazed and shocked, wandered through the smoke and fire of the destroyed city. Bears moved solemnly down rubble-strewn streets. A wounded stork limped past the flaming main hotel. history. (Distributed 1963, by The Hall Syndicate, luc. AU Rights Reserved) Therefore according to tha foreign power. * WORKING WITH THEM on tha Technically the government has man of the Communist party's labor commission. Federal agents reported recently that Potash has been directing Communist efforts to infiltrate the steelworkers union, the.teamsters, the shipyard and waterfront unions, as well as the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, 7 of whose leaders and former officers now are on trial in a federal court in Denver. They are accused of violating the non- Communist affidavit section as it appeared in the original Tafl- Hartley law. What is amazing about Potash, which is not his actual Soviet name, is the fact that he is not a U.S. citizen, is not in this country legally; yet he is a power in tha American as well as the international Communist movements. Operating out of a W, 23rd Street hotel here, he has becoma Gus Hall's special trouble shooter. Hall consults with him fre. quently, knowing well that Potash has strong connections with Communist movements even in Asia. Hall uses him not only to infiltrate unions and set up recruit, ing cadre in strategic plants but also for special missions. Since last February; this 5', 6", 60-year-old Communist operative has traveled more than 10,000 miles. He has been on at least 5 secret missions for Gus Hall. Onca in February and once in March, Potash flew to Chicago. In April he was in Washington, D.C. Ir» May he took a jet out to Minneap. olis. The other trip was to Detroit. It's a good guess that he has been to cities nearer to New York, such as Baltimore. Despite the fact that this Soviet organizer U up for deportation, the Immigration and Naturaliza. tion Service cannot send him anywhere. No country will accept him. The non-Communist nations won't. And the Communist land* want him here. Thus there is no law under which he can be jailed. He is free to travel and operate. How* The Germany army moved. On. ever > on ApriJ 11,1963, the Justica April 13 its forward elements were Department filed a petition with in Belgrade. On April 17 the bat " " - the Subversive Activities Control tered armies surrendered. King Board requesting an order for hi? Peter was flown out in a British registration as a Communist, flying boat. The party fell into This case has not yet been Italian hands. Later they were heard. Even when it is, it will •^leased to London. take 2 decades merely to get him Now, w 1963, a bit of grief in to register. This goes for thou- the news recalls the young king sands of other Communists. So and his brief but gallant day in why should they not have enjoyed history. their outdoor shiskabob frolics 1 ' their outdoor shiskabob frolics? (Distributed 1963, by The Hall Syndicate, lac. All Rights Re* served)

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  1. The Daily Reporter,
  2. 11 Sep 1963, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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