Ford’s Aid for German Anti-semitic Movement Discussed by Press

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Whether or not the acceptance of Henry Ford’s financial support for anti-Semitic activities in Germany is in agreement with German national honor was the question debated in the German press today.

The matter came up as a result of an article by Theodor Fritsch, well known anti-Semitic leader who was the object of the libel suit of Max Warburg and Dr. Melchior, pubilished in his paper. “Der Hammer.” In his article, Fritsch states that national honor forbids German nationalists from approaching Henry Ford for funds to be used for anti-Semitic purposes.

The “Abwehrblaetter,” the organ of the German Society to Combat Anti-Semitism, commenting on this statement of Fritsch, states that it was Fritsch who first obtained Ford’s money for the purpose of publishing in German Ford’s anti-Semitic book, “The International Jew.” After having expressed his doubts concerning the authenticity of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Fritsch was converted to believe in the authenticity of these protocols only by Ford’s money, which enabled him to conduct his anti-Semitic business. Now, Fritsch is anxious to keep other anti-Semites from enjoying the same benefits from Henry Ford’s support, the “Abwehrblaetter” states.

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