C h a p t e r – I V
WW II & t h e
A D L M a f i a
At the same time Henry Ford was struggling with the financial instability brought about by the great banking collapse of 1933, a plethora of gangster’s breathed a sigh of relief as prohibition came to an end. One of these men was Morris “Moe” Barney Dalitz, who, in large part, made Las Vegas what it is today – he was also one of the most powerful gangster’s in American history whose legacy of bootlegging, racketeering and shadowy influence still reverberates throughout US history to this very day.
Dalitz was born in Boston in December 24th, 1899, to a gambling father who ran a humble industrial laundry outfit. When Morris was still a babe his father moved the family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was there that Dalitz began his myriad criminal enterprises, starting with his affiliation to the Detroit terrorizing Purple Gang who rose to prominence after the establishment of the 1916 Damon Act (or Damon Law) which outlawed the sale of alcohol in Michigan. The Act made Michigan one of the first “dry” states, thus paving the way for an underground liquor trade which was well underway when Prohibition was established nationally in 1920. The Purple Gang were a loose confederation of Jewish toughs who delighted in hijacking motorcars along the frigid Lake St. Clair and gunning down all unfortunate souls therein. The gang was also well known for their racketeering, shakedowns and strong-arm kidnappings (they were even implicated in the kidnapping and murder of 20-month old Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., the son of famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh). The Purples were so ruthless that current estimates state that they killed approximately 500 of their rivals during their brief reign as kings of the Detroit Underground. It was with these bloodstained criminals that Moe Dalitz struck up a business partnership (though he was never formally a member), primarily in the shipment of illegal hooch. This alliance was driven by Dalitz’s friendship with the leader of the Purple Gang, Abe Bernstein, a powerful and ruthless Jewish gangster from Detroit who would later go on to help Al Capone in his efforts to eliminate his arch-rival-in-crime, Bugs Moran.
After the repeal of the oft-disregarded Volstead Act in 1933, Dalitz, unlike many of his co-criminals, determined that post-Prohibition America would increase the demand for bootlegged spirits, rather than decrease it. Dalitz came to this conclusion due to the fact that, though liquor was now legal again, the government was still determined that sales thereof should be reduced as much as possible through increased taxation and various legislative actions. To this end, in November of 1933, Dalitz (then utilizing the name Davis) and several confederates founded a company called Molaska. His benefactors and friends at the time were a venerable rouges-gallery of disrepute, including such big-time mafiosi as Salvatore “Lucky” Luciano and math whiz and Murder Inc architect, Meyer Lansky, who was represented via proxy by his father-in-law, Moses Citron. Both Lansky and Luciano had been mentored by the late Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein, the Jewish criminal who had pioneered bootlegging-as-a-major-business in conjuntion with the British government and the Bronfman Family (Seagram Company) during Prohibition. Other notable associates of Daltiz’s at the time included Jewish mob-man, Abner “Longie” Zwillman and Italian gangster and long-time friend of Luciano, Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello.
Lansky (born Meier Suchowlański) met Luciano when they were teenagers with the headstrong Italian attempting to extort some money from the smallish Jew. Lansky, however, was unintimidated; Luciano was impressed by his tenacity and guts and shortly thereafter, they forged a friendship that would last a lifetime and along the way, laid the foundations for one of the most profitable and powerful criminal syndicates in American history. Lansky had known the Citron family since he was a child and, in 1930, he married Anna Citron, Moses’ daughter. The marriage was not a especially happy one but Lansky and Moses developed a firm friendship, so much so that the elder Citron never asked the Jewish mobster how exactly he made ends meet. Due to this familial relationship, Moses invested $120,000 in Dalitz’s Molaska venture, which was a tremendous sum, especially considering the financial destabilization of the times which had been brought about by the Great Depression. 1000 shares of Moses Citron’s investment were then given to his attorney to be held in trust.
The attorney’s name was Aaron Sapiro, the very same man who had sued auto-magnate Henry Ford for libel some years earlier, the very same man who is lauded by the ADL to this day. Sapiro had also participated in the violent Dryers and Cleaners Wars along with Italian crime-boss and bootlegging overlord, Al Capone. Though both men were indicted, neither Capone nor Sapiro were convicted of anything.
Molaska itself was, ostensibly, a company that produced molasses for use in animal food. Molaska’s true function, however, was as a illegal alcohol distillery producing whiskey and beer which were surreptitiously crafted and shipped all around the country by truck.
Robert Bridges, a government investigator who worked under famous Prohibition special agent, Elliot Ness, began looking into Molaska and discovered a number of curiosities, namely that the building remained constantly under lock and key and that a guard could ever been seen walking the property. He also noticed that strange fumes could be seen coming from the company property during the Winter months – alcohol fumes combined with steam – a sight every former Prohibition agent knew exceedingly well. Despite the Bridges’ investigation, and others, Daltiz and Lansky’s plans remained undisturbed and exceedingly profitable. In 1935 the Molaska partners decided to file for bankruptcy and swindle the system. Not long after this occurred, Molaska was reconstituted and the various operators shifted away, taking their earnings with them.
Several years later, in 1939, the National Socialist German army enacted the Fall Weiss and invaded Poland and initiated the second great intercontinental struggle of the modern age. World War II. At this time, in America, the rambunctious and pro-Reich and anti-Roosevelt German-American Bund (Amerikadeutscher Volksbund) party was at the height of their power. The group had first been formed in Buffalo, New York, 1936, as a successor movement to FONG, (Friends of New Germany movement). The Volksbund was lead by a German-American named Fritz Julius Kuhn who formed a close alliance with the notorious preacher, Charles Coughlin (a notable promoter of Ford’s The International Jew), and leader of the Christian Front.
The German-American Bund was notorious for their gaudy marches and fiery speeches, usually headed by Kuhn himself wherein he oft echoed National Socialist Germany’s disdain for Jewry (Kuhn once referred to Roosevelt’s New Deal as “The Jew Deal”’) and also expressed and championed international white (particularly German) solidarity.
Lansky, who despite his foul reputation and utter disregard for the laws of the land, considered himself something of a patriot, a “true American.” More than that, Lansky, a fervent Zionist, possessed a deep sense of ethnic pride and was outraged at the widely publicized plight of his fellow Eastern European Jews upon the continent. Due these loyalties, Lansky attempted to enlist in the United States army to fight against Germany but was turned down due to his short height (he stood only five-foot, four-inches tall) and age (40). Lansky, however, would not be deterred and so turned to the assistance of a personal friend and neighbor named Walter Winchell. Winchell was, at the time, one of, if not THE, most influential journalist in all of America. The secret to his influence, at least in part, was due a close personal relationship with then-president Roosevelt, who at the time was exceedingly concerned about saboteurs. These fears only deepened when, on the 9th of February, 1942, the French luxury liner, SS Normandie caught fire as it was being converted into a battle carrier for the war effort. First-hand reports stated that a acetylene torch had cause the inferno but some amongst the admiralty smelled a rat – a German scented one. The US Naval office, under the auspices of daring Commander Charles Haffenden, grew wary of Fascist and “Nazi” apparatchiks and decided to enlist the help of a crook by the name of Joseph Lanza – known in the streets as “Socks” due to his proclivity for punching anyone who displeased him – a member of the murderous and exceedingly powerful Genovese Crime Family. Haffenden turned to this particular criminal primarily because Lanza controlled the whole of Manhattan’s Fulton Fish Market, a important strategic area in the Navy’s fight against Fascist and National Socialist infiltrators and saboteurs. Though a fishmonger might not sound like a particularly powerful ally, Lanza’s mundane trade belied his savage nature. With a criminal history stretching back all the way to 1917, including extortion, battery, racketeering, conspiracy and murder, “Socks” Lanza was not a man to be trifled with. Despite his cantankerous nature, “Socks” Lanza jumped at the opportunity to aid the Navy against the Fascists which placed Commander Haffenden in the peculiar position as something of a US sanctioned mob boss. Lanza and his minions proved quite effective at first and, through a number of black-bag operations, helped the Navy uncover numerous German espionage rings. But Lanza’s reach had its limits and he and his outfit alone simply couldn’t secure the whole of the Brooklyn’s seaside territory. Lanza was revered by the Genovese Crime family but was widely detested by the other four crime families which made up the multi-ethnic National Crime Syndicate that ruled the American underworld at the time. One of the other big players who controlled local territory included Albert Anastasia who ran much of the Mafia murder squad at the behest of Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. Anastasia also controlled the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) which was of key strategic importance to Haffenden’s plans. Unlike many other underbosses, Anastasia often participated directly in mob killings. His blood-thirst earned him the grim moniker “The High Lord Executioner.” Lanza feared Anastasia and knew others did as well but he also realized that neither of the two of them, even put together, could move the whole of the docks. Lanza told Haffenden that there was only one man who was capable of “snapping the whip” on the whole of the New York underworld.
Lucky Luciano. The architect of the National Crime Syndicate and leader of the Genovese Family. There was just one problem.
Luciano was on ice.
Serving a 30-50 year sentence in Dannemora Prison (today known as the Clinton Correctional Facility) on numerous counts of prostitution, the scar-faced Italian scion – though still highly respected by The Syndicate which he had created – was in no position to snap the whip on the NYC underbelly; he was too isolated to be giving commands or receiving much information. He needed to be brought into the Navy’s fold, but Haffenden knew the mafioso would be suspicious and wouldn’t exactly jump at the prospects of working for the very institutions that had put him behind bars. Haffenden needed an intermediary. In Meyer “The Little Man” Lansky, he found one.
Unlike with Lanza, Luciano and Al Anastasia, Haffenden knew Lansky’s ethnic-tribal loyalty could be relied upon. The little Jewish mastermind’s regular battles against Julius Kuhn’s bombastic German-American Bund storm troopers all across New York City was a testament to this (the Bund were considered a “subversive” organization by the FBI).
Once Lansky brought Luciano into the Naval-dockside enforcement plan the rest of the New York mafia quickly fell into line. Haffenden now had a shadow army and near complete control of New York’s docks. German National Socialist and Italian Fascist subversion was nearly impossible and the US war machine was bolstered. But there was a cost to the whole affair, one which is scarcely remarked upon by most historians, that being the murder of countless American citizens by Haffenden’s disreputable syndicate agents. One of the syndicate associates under Haffenden’s control, a burglar and psychotic Irish killer named John “Cockeye” Dunn, was sent to investigate two suspected German agents. Instead of following orders the crazed Irishman sent them on the mafias often cliched “one way trip.” They were never seen alive again. Wiretap recordings on Dunn find the fiend stating remorselessly, “They’ll never bother us again.” Such instances were far from singular and it should be noted that those two unfortunate souls were only “suspected” subversives. The navy frowned upon extra-judicial killing but Haffenden’s hackles certainly weren’t raised. If the Mafia were “the bad guys” then the Navy considered the German National Socialists and Fascists “the worse guys.”
Dalitz also jumped into the war effort and enlisted in 1943. Unlike his confederate, Lansky, Dalitz was accepted and served as a officer in the Quartermaster Corps doing laundry for NYC, rising rapidly through the ranks.
While Meyer Lansky and Haffenden’s shadow army seized control of the New York docks for the naval war-time effort and Dalitz folded shirts, the Anti-Defamation League dolled out its own campaign concerning the war.
In October of 1943, a FBI informant named Charles M. Scott, forwarded a most peculiar leaflet to the offices of Bureau agent, Leland V. Boardman. Scott stated that he was concerned about what he called “Semitic propaganda” which he alleged that the little missive contained. The document reads as follows:
SPECIAL NOTICE TO ALL JEWS
The central conference of American rabbis at the 47th American conference, held in New York City , June 26, 1937, declared for, “Exemption of Jews from military service in accordance with the highest interpretation of Judaism.” Our Talmud tells us, “When you go to war, do not go as the first but as the last, so that you may return as the first.”
Why should we, the only truly international people, be concerned with the mutable interests of stupid goyim nations? We must do everything in our power to help the great president who has helped us so greatly in establishing control. Support the draft law when it is presented to the American people. Support England and France, for they are fighting Judah’s greatest enemy, the Goyim German State. You are urged to support United States participation in this Holy War of Judah, without reservation and without fear. We can repeat our triumphs of 1918 if we maintain our united front and the dumb goyim will fight while we profit, with the aid of our friends in Washington.
Powerful Jews will be on all draft boards, and Jewish physicians will protect you from military service. Arrangements are already made to exempt you in case religious exemption cannot be prepared in time.
You are warned to renounce, abjure, repudiate and deny any of this information if questioned by Gentiles, even under oath, as outlined in the Talmud and justified for the preservation of our race.
The Central Committee
Anti-Defamation League BB
At the first, one might begin to feel pinpricks of suspicion, for the language is so unguarded and so over-the-top (i.e. “stupid goyim”) that it seems fairly obvious that the letter is a fake. The FBI’s criminal investigative unit took a keen interest in the letter and began looking into the affair as a matter of sedition. A year later, in 1944, the FBI discovered that the very same leaflets had been distributed in June of 1941 in the Cleveland area. This information came to light via the League of Human Rights, a Cleveland (Ohio) based social justice group. The League of Human Rights stated that the document in question was an absolute fake designed to cause ethnic tension. Their reasoning for this was two-fold:
The leaflet noted that the 47th Conference of American Rabbis took place upon the June 26, 1937 when in reality it took place a year earlier in 1936.
Experts hired by The League of Human Rights determined that the typewriter used to created the Semitically propagandizing leaflets was the very same sort of typewriter utilized by the United Mothers of America, a religious/nationalist organization headed up by anti-war and anti-Jewish preacher and political personality, Father Charles Coughlin, a long-time arch-enemy of The League who was the subject of numerous ADL and B’nai B’rith hit-pieces in their subscription publications.
Yet it should also be noted that during the same year that The League of Human Rights discovered the Semitic leaflets in Cleveland, other, identical mimeographed copies, were discovered in Chicago.
Whilst the FBI looked into the puzzling matter of the pejorative papers the Anti-Defamation League looked on and planned its next move. Scheming. Over the course of several years, they sent agent after agent to try to worm themselves inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the better to get at their stockpile of personal information. Yet their schemes availed them not. They were constantly rebuffed.
FBI internal memorandum from 1943-1944 (mostly from SACs – Special Agents in Charge) clearly displays a certain impatience and exasperation, as well as a growing sense of wariness, towards the ADL. Some previous instances of the oft contentious relationship between the ADL and FBI include a 1940s incident wherein a undercover confederate of The League attempted to block and cover-up the ADL’s usage of private investigators from the Bureau and the wider public. The ADL operative stated that, “the Anti-Jewish element has accused the Anti-Defamation League of having private investigators, and the Anti-Defamation League does not wish it to become generally known that they do employ private investigators.” [emphasis mine] Another more interesting incident occurred two years later in 1942 when P.E. Foxworth, then-head of the FBI’s Special Intelligence Service (SIS), the covert counter-intelligence arm of the Bureau, warned the director that the ADL and a group known as the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League were conducting “shake downs” of innocent civilians. Various missives during this period from the ADL also urge the FBI to place less emphasis upon Communist agitators and place more concern upon Fascists and Fascist sympathizers.
In 1942 the ADL offered the FBI a subscription to their monthly, private publication which was meant only for “key men,” key here meaning, “helping the ADL.” One of the 1942 ADL newsletters provided to the FBI (whose top agents were, at least ostensibly, considered “key men”) vigorously defended none other than Meyer Lansky pal, Walter Winchell from a none-to-flattering editorial in The Cross and the Flag penned by notorious dissident clergyman, politician and German sympathizer, Gerald L. K. Smith. It should here be noted that Winchell’s underworld connections extended far beyond just Lansky, he was also an associate of Owny Madden, one of the most powerful gangster of the Prohibition era. Winchell also had a close relationship to the FBI, as he was personal friends with acting Bureau director, J. Edgar Hoover and was instrumental in turning over Lansky associate and Murder Inc member, Lepke Buchalter. In a move of ridiculous superflousness, the ADL tsk-tsk’d the Bureau for mentioning that Buchalter was “of Jewish extraction” (which he was). When the FBI retorted by saying that it was customary (for obvious pragmatic reasons) to mention the ethnicity and race of a suspect and that they did this for Italians, Germans and Irishmen as much as for Jews the ADL fell silent. Winchell also had a reputation as a extremely vindictive man who attempted to ruin the lives and personal careers of anyone who he just so happened to dislike.
The ADL newsletter described Winchell, in no uncertain terms, as an ally.
However, one of the most shocking and scandalous affairs which the ADL tentacles had slithered into occurred on April 4, 1944 when a letter, likewise dated, reached FBI Special Agent, C.W. Stein. The letter was from Oregon Senator Rufus Holman who had contacted the FBI with complaints concerning a high ranking member of the ADL, a man by the name of David Robinson (head of the local ADL branch) who had created a new organization called the Oregon Defense Committee whose stated purpose was to “help service men.” However, Holman noted that the organization did nothing of the kind and was merely a ADL front and that the so called Defense Committee defended no one. Rather, Holman alleged, the ODC (which was really the ADL) went about persecuting anyone and everyone whom they deemed to be “anti-Semitic.” Their favored weapon with which to reprimand Oregon-based “anti-Semites” was the boycott which were easy enough to organize given the power of the ADL and Robinson’s considerable salary ($ 10,000 a year). To Holman, the damnedest thing about the whole affair was that the ADL did not state how it came to determine how a individual was “anti-Semitic.” He went on to state that the ADL had taken particular exception to him (they considered him to be a “anti-Semite”) and that Robinson was attempting to politically railroad him now that Holman was up for reelection. Not only did Robinson put all of his social and political weight (and by extension, the weight of the ADL) behind Holman’s political opponent, Wayne L. Morse, a former Dean of the University of Oregon Law School. Due this, Holman demanded a sweeping FBI investigation of the ADL.
Special Agent Stein informed Holman that disconcerting as his report happened to be, the ADL did not appear to be in violation of any state stature. Unless some evidence could be provided of a violation or complaint of “subversive” activity no action could be taken. The FBI would not investigate.
Stein then turned to his friend and fellow bureau colleague, David A. Silver. Silver, who was of Jewish extraction himself, was a special agent within the FBI who knew Robinson personally as they both lived in Portland. Stein figured Silver’s ethnic outlook as well as his personal connections to the vexing affair would prove insightful. When asked about Robinson, Silver explained that Holman was correct about everything he had said. Robinson was indeed the leader of the local ADL and also had a intensive disdain for Holman whom Robinson believed to be “anti-Semitic.” Silver went on to explain that Robinson also believed that Holman was a potential “American fascist” and that Holman was anti-labor and of generally low intelligence. For these reasons, Silver opposed Holman’s reelection. Agent Silver also relayed that Robinson was attempting to rally and inveigle the Portland Jewish vote behind Wayne L. Morse, the previously mentioned former Dean of Oregon Law. This corroborated Holman. He wasn’t lying. He was being railroaded by The League. The Special Agent also told Stein that two prominent Portland business men of Jewish extraction, Jack Barde and Abe Gilbert respectively, had thrown a dinner for Mr. Holman and were sternly reprimanded by Robinson for their actions (presumably because this indicated very strongly that Holman did not actually have any particular problem with Jews generally speaking which eroded Robinson and the ADL’s credibility with the local community – especially its non-Jewish sectors – markedly).
Shortly after the conversation between the two FBI agents concluded, Holman issued another letter to Stein. He had been boycotted by the local Jewish community. It was so bad, according to Holman, that he and his business partner had to close up shop and sell their assets! Holman, unsurprisingly and quite correctly, blamed Robinson and the ADL. He was so furious about the whole affair that he exclaimed he was going to, “Open up on the S.–O.–B.–s!”
Though Holman did indeed “open up” on his detractors, his isolationist positions and soured reputation allowed Wayne Morse to defeat him at the 1944 Oregon senate elections. After his 1944 defeat Holman would never run for public office ever again and would die shortly thereafter.
The ADL had claimed yet another victim.
Though things might not have went particularly well for Holman, Moe Dalitz was doing just fine after the end of WWII. By 1970s Daltiz was one of the undisputed Kings of Las Vegas. Unlike Lansky, Daltiz had been able to maintain an image of quasi-respectability in his later years to such a degree that many believed he had “gone straight.” Dalitz, ever the wily operator, often attempted to aid his rising image by making light about his bootlegging and illegal casino days, once remarking to a friend, “How was I supposed to know those gambling joints were illegal? There were so many judges and politicians in them I figured they had to be alright.” He also once glibly remarked to a Senator inquiring about his illicit past, “If you people wouldn’t have drunk it, I wouldn’t have bootlegged it.”
During his time as Vegas big-shot, Daltiz made a great number of charitable contributions to various different, ostensibly righteous organizations. One of the groups to receive significant largess from Dalitz was none other than the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. They were pleased and in 1982 award Dalitz with the “Torch of Liberty” award – it would have been harder to think of a more ironic title. Dalitz was not alone in making donations to the ADL, many of his co-conspirators and fellow-travelers publicly made fiduciary assistance to The League as well, including lifetime Syndicate members Victor Posner, Meshulim Riklis, Joe Binsey and Edmond Safra.
The ADL was naturally appreciative to the continued largess of the casino-mogul and his rogues-gallery of shadowy friends, so much so that in 1985 the “human rights” organization awarded Dalitz with yet another award, the “Philanthropist of the Year Award.” Yet today if you were to search “Moe Dalitz” or “Morris Barney Dalitz” on the ADL’s website you’ll be treated to a big, fat, nothing, for Dalitz, as well as any mention of his donations and awards or connections, have been completely scrubbed from the ADL website and shunted down the memory-hole of informational oblivion. At this juncture I was superbly thankful for those programmers responsible for my Snapshot desktop-capture software.
What one man can suppress another can discover.
The truth will out and the truth here is that the ADL, ostensibly a “human rights” organization, was, in no uncertain terms, colluding with killers, thieves, racketeers, flesh-peddlers and all other manner of Jewish-Italian mafiosi.
The interplay, however, between the mob and the ADL ran so deep, in fact, that they even placed Meyer Lansky’s daughter on their board of directors!
Chapter – IV
E.I.R. Volume 19, N. 27, July 1, 1992
Getting to Know Moe: A Racket Boss Reborn by John L. Smith
The Purple Gang: Organized Crime In Detroit, 1910-1945, Paul R. Kavieff (2000)
The Purple Gang: Walther P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University
The Jewish Mafia by Carlos Porter and Herve Ryssen (2016)
The Breaking of a President: The Nixon Connection by Marvin Miller (1975)
Iraq, Lies, Cover-ups and Consequences by Rodney Stitch (2005)
The FBI Encyclopedia by Michael Newton (2012)
Dope, Inc.: Britian’s Opium War Against The US by The US Labor Party Investigative Committee (1978)
Deep Events and the CIA’s Global Drug Connection by Prof. Peter Dale Scott (2008)
The Zionist Network, Sen. Jack B. Tenney(2010)
Zion’s Fifth Column, Sen. Jack B. Tenney (2010)
The Anti-Defamation League, Sen. Jack B. Tenney (2010)
The Anti-Defamation League and its Use in the World Communist Offensive, Robert H. Williams (1947)
The Luciano Project: The Secret Wartime Collaboration of the Mafia and the U.S, Rodney Campbell (1977)
Lucky Luciano: The Real and the Fake Gangster, Tim Newark (2010)
Declassified FBI files concerning the ADL (1930s-1950s)