Berlin (Nov. 15)
The Jews of Germany have been plunged again into consternation by the sensational victory of the Hitlerists in the Parliamentary elections which have just taken place in the State of Hesse, placing the State under Hitlerist control.
Out of the total number of 785,500 votes cast, 291,200 were polled by the Hitlerists, who more than doubled their vote as compared with the last election to the Reichstag in 1930. The previous coalition Government of Socialists, Centre Party and Democrats is in a minority, and unable to form another Government, so that the duty of forming the next Government devolves upon the Right Parties, with the Hitlerists as the largest Party in the new Parliament dominant in the Government. Instead of one Deputy in the last Diet, the Hitlerists have 29 in the new Diet out of the total number of 70.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Bruening, on behalf of the Centre Party, Herr Breitscheid, the Socialist leader, and Herr Hitler himself took an active personal part in the election campaign addressing many meetings in the State during the elections.
The Jews of Hesse fear that the new Hitlerist Government will withdraw all citizen rights from the Jewish inhabitants, and German Jewry as a whole see the overwhelming Hitlerist gains in Hesse since 1930 as an indication of the sweeping majority which the Hitlerists are likely to obtain in the event of a new country-wide election, which would return them to power as the Central German Government.