Berlin (Sep. 15)
Warning that as a result of the tremendous victory of the anti-Semitic National Socialists (Fascists) in yesterday’s Reichstag elections extremely difficult times may be expected for the Jews, leaders of German Jewry today called upon the Jews of Germany of all classes to unite to repulse the anti-Semitic attacks that may be expected and to guard the hard won Jewish rights in Germany.
Rolling up the astonishing total of 6,400,000 votes out of a total of almost 36,000,000 cast and seating 107 deputies, the Fascists, led by Adolf Hitler, Germany’s anti-Semitic Mussolini, are now in the position of the second strongest party in the Reichstag whose membership consists of 570 deputies. At the last general elections the Fascists polled but 800,000 votes and seated only 12 deputies.
Dr. Bruno Weil, vice-president of the Central Association of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, and the candidate of the new Constitutional Party, was defeated. He had been an outspoken opponent of the Hitlerites, and in the course of his campaign had been savagely attacked by them, once narrowly escaping serious injury. None of the Jewish candidates of the bourgeois parties was elected.
While German Jewry is manifesting serious anxiety as to its future, in view of the anti-Semitic planks in the program of the triumphant Hitlerites, Jewish leaders are watching closely the political maneuvering for the creation of a coalition government. If the Fascists are included in the coalition the Jews fear for their rights and liberties since Hitler’s platform calls for a national campaign to rid Germany of all Jews, to expel all non-Germans (Jews are such to the Fascists) from the country as long as unemployment exists, to expel all non-Germans who have entered Germany since August 2, 1914 and to close the gates of Germany to all non-Germans.
The victory of the National Socialists was nation-wide with tremendous majorities being rolled up for their candidates in all parts of the country. They won despite a last minute appeal by all Jewish communities to the Jewish voters to present a united front in face of the unparalleled danger to the future of German Jewry. An eleventh hour revelation of close relations, including large subsidies, between Hitler and the Communist International appeared to have no effect on the campaign, despite Hitler’s failure to deny the sensational allegations which appeared in the Democratic Berliner Volkzeitung.
The charges were made by Gregory Bessedowsky, former member of the Soviet legation in Paris, who alleged that he knew from his official experience in the Soviet’s foreign service that Hitler had been in close touch with the Soviet government and the Communist International.
COMMUNISTS NEGOTIATED WITH HITLER
M. Bessedowsky charged that Karl Radek, when he was head of the German section of the Third International, had informed him that he had negotiated with Count Ernest Reventlow, National-Socialist leader, and that the German Communists had negotiated directly with Hitler. As far back as 1923 an agreement existed between Hitler and the Soviets, M. Bessedowsky alleged, concerning internal and foreign cooperation based on the Soviet government’s financial support of the Hitlerites.
The ex-Soviet official claimed that M. Manuelski and M. Pianitzki, leaders of the Third International, had assured him that the official archives in Moscow contain receipts from the Hitlerites for Soviet funds. He said that the Hitlerites had received a monthly subvention of 1,200,000 marks from Russia. The Hitlerites declined to make Hamburg the payment center because the Soviet consul there was M. Kantor, a Jew, who was therefore recalled, Bessedowsky declared.
The Volkszeitung published receipts signed “Adolf,” denoting that Hitler had thrice acknowledged the receipt of 200,000 marks. In commenting on these revelations the German press noted that Hitler had so far not denied the allegations.