September 1945 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Just as with the poor, the
spies will always be among us. This story reports on a bookstore in New York that
during World War II funneled money and technical information back to the Nazi
Party in Germany. Electronics, aerospace, and other technical publications (including
Radio-Craft magazine) were chief among the sought-after sources. The shop was a
front operation which lost a huge sum of money per the official accounting books,
but had copious amounts of funds pouring in from German "investors." Today's
enemy money fronting operations are largely radical religious and communist
collecting funds from America-hating groups and individuals who live and thrive
here. Did you know it was during WWII that Persia began being commonly referred to
as "Iran," which has the same
etymology as the Aryan (the similarity in sound
is no coincidence) movement that accompanied Nazism? Both groups aspire(d)
to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the Earth. The more things change,
the more things stay the same.
Radio-Craft Sought by Nazi Spies
With the closing of a little New York bookshop
known as Westermann's by FBI agents recently, it was revealed that Radio-Craft
was one of the objects of spies seeking information on the latest in American radio
and electronic devices, copies being ardently collected by them and sent to Germany.
The shop was actually owned by a concern controlled by
Alfred Hugenburg, Hitler's
first Minister of Economics. Although it had been losing 25,000 dollars per year
for the past few years, "stock-holders" in Germany sent the manager more than 30,000
dollars in bonuses for good business, practices which allegedly saved the firm money.
The true story of the bookshop was bared by the U. S. Treasury Department, which
reports that since 1926, the bookshop 1945 has acted as a collecting and forwarding
station, from which large quantities of information on U.S. military developments
had been sent to Berlin. Anything having to do with mechanical equipment of the
United States armed services or to military strength and activities was of interest
to Westermann's, and the little shop mailed out great stacks of such magazines as
Aero Digest, Coast Artillery Journal, Aviation Magazine
and Radio-Craft to interested "correspondents" in Berlin.
The bookshop's true role came to light, the Treasury stated, in 1941, after the
mailing of books and other literature from the United States was banned. Mr. Eisele,
who managed the bookshop, protested and asked exemption. Secret Service and FBI
agents were assigned to find out why.
Posted January 12, 2022
(updated from original post on 7/31/2014)