is held preferable to a Centre-Nazi coalition inasmuch as Chancellor von Papen is pledged to maintain the constitution, while it is uncertain whether Ministers of the Centre Party would be able to resist the Nazi demand for the exclusion of the Jews from participation in governmental, economic and cultural life of the country.
It is pointed out that a number of Centre Party leaders, including Dr. Bruening and Dr. Stegerwald, have in the past been inclined frequently to reproach the Jews whereas Chancellor von Papen’s address of Sunday night is a direct offensive against Hitler, the recklessness of his utterances and the violence of his partisans.
It is stated moreover in extenuation of the dismissal of a number of Jewish officials by the von Papen regime that their ouster was due not to their faith but their political adherence to the Social-Democratic party.
Jewish circles hope that a year’s continuation in office of the von Papen government will bring about new elections which will yield a coalition without the Nazis.
Chancellor von Papen’s economic program, it is said, has already resulted in an upward move of the Stock Exchange. The participation of the Nazis in any government will destroy all this, it is asserted.