A sorrowful symptom is the spectacle in Holland, classical country of freedom of conscience, of religion, tolerance and hospitality, of the establishment of an anti-Semitic movement which, in line with anti-Semitic movements in other lands, seeks to liberate Dutchmen, notwithstanding themselves “from the domination and oppression of foreigners, notably the Jews.”
Before the establishment of this anti-Semitic movement, Holland suffered no dearth either of political parties or sections. Nowhere else in the world perhaps is the population divided into so many religious and political groupings as in the lowlands on the North Sea.
To the more than twenty political parties and groups, of which, however, only eleven are represented in Parliament, were added a short time ago, a half dozen new ones of Fascist coloring, two being avowedly anti-Semitic in objectives.
One of the parties, called the “Group of National Solidarists” is under the guidance of Messrs. Querner and Sinclair de Rochemont. The latter’s name does not appear to be Dutch, but is rather French, denoting that he is probably a Hugenot â€” and thus a foreigner.
This group gives a new twist to the anti-Semitic doctrine. It does not openly avow anti-Semitism, but expresses itself in favor of Zionism. It hopes for the speedy realization of Zionist aspirations so that in short order it will be possible for all Dutch Jews to leave Holland for Palestine. Thus, it says, the pernicious Jewish influence in Holland will be brought to an end.
The second of the anti-Semitic parties is the “National-Socialistische Nederlandsche Arbeiders-Partij”, National Socialist Dutch Labor Party.
This party was born in romantic fashion in an old castle near The Hague “De Binckhorst.”
Its leader is Adalbert Smit, who in very un-Dutch fashion calls himself “Adalberto Smit,” in fervent love for Mussolini who, however, disavows anti-Semitism. Though Mr. Smith asserts, that his party is really national in its objectives and vehemently denies it derives its program from that of Adolph Hitler, German Nazi chieftain, the 24 articles that comprise the program of the Dutch Nazis deviate but slightly from those of their German confreres.
The Dutch Nazis under the leadership of Mr. Smit, seek to wage a battle against all the evils besetting their land as envisaged in their imagination â€” viz â€” to rid the land of Jewish domination, of Jewish banking capital, Jewish ware-