The anti-Semitic program of Adolph Hitler and his National Socialists will never be carried out in Germany but the racial antagonism engendered by their activities is the cause of great injury to the Jewish population in the opinion of Mark Eisner, prominent Jewish attorney of New York, who recently returned from a five-week survey of conditions in Central Europe.
Pointing out that German political leaders all act “with one eye on America,” Mr. Eisner said in all likelihood no program of anti-Semitism would be put into effect there if the American nation disapproved, even though the American government took no affirmative steps of protest, Mr. Eisner stated in an interview yesterday with a representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
“There seems to be a unanimity of opinion that the Hitler political program with respect to the Jews will never be carried out,” he declared. “But a great element of damage lies in the injury done the Jews socially and commercially through the race antagonisms aroused.”
The strength of the Hitler movement, Mr. Eisner declared, lies in the appeal of its program to the patriotism of the Germans. “Even among political leaders unsympathetic with Hitler, he is regarded as having done something of great value to Germany in that Germany was lying flat on her back, absolutely supine, and Hitler aroused her national consciousness by stirring her people into a state of active patriotism.”
Whether Hitler has lost any of his strength as a result of the adoption by the government of a popular stand on such questions as reparations and armaments, can be definitely told only by the next elections, Mr. Eisner asserted. He declared that in his opinion there was little danger of Hitler obtaining the governmental reins of power. Revision of the Versailles treaty aims ardently desired by the entire German nation and among the chief planks in the Hitler program, would remove the paramount reasons for existence of the National Socialistic movement which seeks these ends.
“I noticed in talking to taxi-drivers, workingmen and others who are prominent Hitlerites, that there seemed to be the all-pervasive idea that putting Hitler in control would restore Germany to her former happy state,” Mr. Eisner said. “This general belief, in my opinion, is the most dangerous part of the Hitler movement because if he achieved the kind of power he wants and failed to accomplish what the people expectâ€”and he must fail,â€”the swing would be entirely in the opposite direction toward Bolshevism.”