SWEDEN: Tougher & Tougher

U.S. diplomacy turned the heat on Sweden and Spain last week. The flame burned hottest on Sweden's giant SKF (Svenska Kullagerfabriken), which supplies huge quantities of ball bearings to Germany's war machine. The U.S. had turned up the torch because the Swedish Government still declined to abolish these and other shipments (notably iron ore) to Germany, still insisted that a recent reduction was all the Allies should expect.

The Choke. SKF has plants in Paris, in Schweinfurt, Germany, and in the U.S.* The German division was larger and did more business than any others except those in Sweden. The U.S....

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