Business & Finance: Strange Doings at Aniline

Five key executives of General Aniline & Film Corp. were fired without warning last week—not by the company, but by the U.S. Treasury. Despite the company's recent attempts to Americanize* itself (TIME, Nov. 10), the Treasury has had 50 agents inside the place for a month, fingering their figurative triggers. Last week they could wait no longer.

The five executives were all German-born, U.S.-naturalized. Not only were they fired, but their funds were frozen, they were barred from company premises and forbidden to communicate with their ex-employes. The five: Rudolph Hutz, $80,000-a-year vice president & director;Vice Presidents Hans Aickelin and William...

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