Berlin (Apr. 19)
Representatives of the three Republican Parties, the Democratic State Party, the Social Democratic Party and the Centre (Catholic) Party, spoke last night at an election meeting held here under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Ex-Soldiers at the Front, to urge all electors to vote on Sunday for the Republican ticket.
Deputy Major Hauff, State Party member of the Prussion Parliament, said that his Party stood solid with the other two Republican Parties, so that the decision on Sunday would go to safeguard the Republic and the principles of democracy and the equality of all citizens.
Dr. Meurer, of the Centre Party, said that the Government had done well to suppress the Hitlerist storm troops. It had been done late, but not too late. 1932 would be Germany’s decisive year, in which the battle would be finally won for justice, law and order, democracy and the Republic.
Deputy Meier, Social Democratic member of the Prussian Parliament, said that the Hitlerists had won over a large section of the youth of the country by demagogy and utter irresponsibility. But those methods could not prevail for long . They had faith in the ultimate outcome.
In the old German Empire, he said, the Jews had been second-class citizens. The Republican State had made them citizens on a level with all others. Those who were trying to bring back the old conditions would never succeed. The victory on Sunday would certainly go to the Republican banner.
Speaking on behalf of the Federation of Jewish ex-Soldiers, which, he said, was a non-partisan organisation, Berr Adolf Philippsborn said that nevertheless the Federation stood firm on the basis of the Weimar Constitution and the Republic.
We Jewish soldiers who fought for Germany at the front, have joined together, he said, chiefly to repel the lies which are ciroulated about Jews being oppressors and seeking domination. 12,000 of your Jewish comrades laid down their lives in battle for Germany. To-day we Jews are treated as if that had never happened.
Till the last drop of our blood, he said, we Jewish soldiers will stand firm and fight for justice and right and for the Republic, and if we have to give our lives for that cause, we are ready to give them.