Berlin (Jun. 14)
We do not want to persecute Jews, but we want to liberate Germany from Jewish dominance. We want Germans to conduct Germany’s affairs; we want to get rid of the Jewish spirit in Germany; we want no Jewish wire-pulling and we want no Jewish capital to dictate to us.
This is our policy in respect of the Jews, Deputy Gregor Strasser, one of the Nazi leaders said when he delivered to-night the first address in the Nazi interest broadcast over the State radio, taking the place of Adolf Hitler himself who was at first announced to speak, giving an outline of the policy which would be pursued by the Nazis if they should obtain a majority of the seats in the Reichstag in the elections which take place next month.
This is more or less the attitude outlined about a for tnight ago by Captain Goering, who has been described as Hitler’s right-hand man, and who was received together with him by President Hindenburg after Dr. Bruening’s dismissal.
The Jewish question, Captain Goering said, is not fundamentally for us a theoretical question. Nazism defends itself against the Jews. It does not persecute them. We defend ourselves against Jewry, not against the Jewish religion. In the Third Regime religious liberty will be complete for all confessions which do not conflict with the customs and the moral feelings of the Germanic race.
It would be ridiculous to allege that we seek to persecute the Mosaic religion, which leaves us quite indifferent. We are defending ourselves against an element that is alien to our race, against a disruptive and poisonous element which has brought harm to the German people.
Those Jews who have immigrated into Germany since August 2nd., 1914 will be expelled. All Jews who have in any way insulted the German nation will be taken to the frontier, or they will be punished here according to the law for the crimes of which they are convicted.
All those Jews who have not immigrated into Germany from abroad will be left here, but they will be removed from all public positions, in the press, the theatre, the film, the school, and the Universities. We shall also dismiss them from all public offices, cancel all their honours, and remove them from every position in which they may be able to exert their disruptive anti-national, international, or at best anational influence to the hurt of the German people.
It has been said that we shall kill the Jews. That is untrue. The decent Israelite merchant who wants to remain in Germany as an alien, under the protection of the aliens laws will be able to continue to pursue his business unhindered, and will come to no harm.