Text of FBI file Ford1c.pdf
Henry Ford page 56
file date indexed: June 30, 1944
Newspaper Publisher and Date of Publication: unidentified
Article states that resolution unanimously passed at a special meeting of The American Legion Fur Post No. 1049 in New York City.
Vets Oppose Ford Award
Fur Post Protest Plan to Decorate "Isolationist"
(Text of resolution as quoted in article)
"We vehemently protest against the award of the Distinguished Service Medal to Henry Ford whose claim to fame rests primarily upon his contribution to industrial mass production and his creation of a vast private industrial dynasty and monetary fortune and whose claim to public recognition for service to our country is denied, contested and held in serious doubt by a substantial part of our citizenry for the following reasons.
"1 - His assistance to the America First Committee, an organization of isolationists who before Pearl Harbor strove their utmost to keep our nation blindfolded and unprepared to meet the reality of the danger of aggression.
"2 - His employment of one of its discredited leaders, Lindbergh.
"3 - His sponsorship of the vicious anti-Semitic attacked in the Dearborn Independent, owned and published by him, which for seven years preached, fostered and incited anti-Semitisim and spread its malignant seed throughout our land, and sought thereby to divide our Nation internally and to foment hatred and disunity, and was the first to conduct a systematic campaign of anti-Semitism which became the forerunner and foundation of Nazi propaganda throughout the world, and sought to perpetuate, with the vast power of his money, an established fraud against an entire race which is still being perpetuated with the power of his name in his book entitled The International Jew.
"4 - His acquiescence in the continuing publication and circulation of books and pamphlets containing the Dearborn Independent articles, or extracts therefrom without objection or hindrance from him."