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render their friendships with comrades of these races. They would be instructed in the injustices done the United States and told that some day they must be prepared to right these wrongs by slaughtering the people of other countries. They would be induced to report to the political soldiers any chance unpatriotic word uttered by their parents or brothers.

Lawyers, who had defended anti-Nazi men in courts in the past, would be disbarred and might be imprisoned. Doctors would be forced to abandon their professional ethics to serve the dictates of Schmidt. When Nazi gangsters beat up a Jew they would sign documents alleging that the victim had fallen down the stairs.


Employers who had refused to give work to Nazis would be publicly humiliated, forced to kneel before the persons to whom they had refused jobs and ask forgiveness. Jews and anti-Nazis would be forced to accept as equal or senior partners in their business Nazi workers; and where there existed a Jewish-Aryan partnership, the Jew would be forced to surrender his rights and holdings to his partner. Nazi employees, long rankling under some real or fancied abuse, would have their employers sent to prison on false accusations.

The Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and statute books would be voided, and without a new Nazi constitution the American people would have no means of knowing what was right and what was wrong. Tens of thousands of persons would be thrown into prison without charges, without trial, and without sentence. There would be nobody to whom they might appeal their case. In the hands of a formerly low court official, now the supreme judge, the justice of America would rest.

Institutions endowed by Jews would bear large placards, “No Jews Allowed.” Amusement resorts would not permit Jewish attendance, and in many public places Jews would be humiliated. Plans would be made for the sterilization of Jews marrying Christians; other Jews would face sterilization on suspicion of being insane, criminal, or prostitutes. Jews found talking with Christians of the opposite sex would be threatened; and all Christians marrying Jews as well as the offspring of such unions would be damned as enemies of the nation. Christians could easily be divorced from their Jewish mates.

All American newspapers would become nothing more than Schmidt government communiques. By official order the killing of a California senator in prison would be described as suicide. Well-substantiated stories of wholesale political murders would be narrated as “suicides” or “deaths from natural causes” in strict compliance with definitely outlined versions handed out by the government. Editors speculating on the future of the country, however mildly, would have their papers closed down and be thrown into prison. Foreign correspondents would be forced to report favorably on conditions in Nazi America. If they failed to do this they would either be imprisoned or told that the American government would no longer protect them from acts of violence by Nazi gangsters lying in wait for them.

A secret police organization would be created for the purpose of gaining the confidence of Americans and imprisoning those who do not favor Schmidt. Friends would be induced to betray friends for a consideration or for patriotic reasons. Tension would be created among members of families.

All international organizations, political, social, and commercial, would be coordinated with the Nazi policies of America. The Italian societies would meet to hear pro-Schmidt lectures, and they would be persuaded to write home on the benefits of Schmidt government. Their mail would be opened to see that no unfavorable matter went out of the United States; and their telephone conversations would be overheard.

To force the American people to become aware of the danger of aerial invasion from Canada and Mexico, placards attached to large tin replicas of aerial bombs placed on the sidewalks would warn, “Security from Air Raids.” Nearby stores would feature in their show windows gas masks and other defensive paraphernalia. To sensationalize the peril, the government would one day announce that a Canadian war plane had flown over New York dropping pamphlets warning of war. No one, however, will be able to obtain one of these pamphlets.

Masonic and all secret orders would be closed, or they would see fit to disband. Soapbox orators would be clubbed from their rostrums and thrown into concentration camps. No public meetings of any kind would be allowed unless their nature were minutely described to Nazi officials and permission given. American political soldiers would attend all religious services and public meetings; and if the tone of speakers met with their disapproval, the meetings would be violently broken up.

In the public squares of cities, towns and villages great bonfires would be made of all American and foreign literary works not meeting with the approval of American Nazi politicians. Hundreds of writers would be cast out of the country or thrown into concentration camps because their books, however popular, contain sentiment contrary to the philosophy of the Nazi American leaders. Originality of thought or personal liberty as advocated or described in these books would go up in flame.

To make possible his absolute dictatorship, Herr Schmidt would cause his lieutenants to set fire to the national capitol. A few minutes after the discovery of the fire, Schmidt would announce, “This fire is the work of Communists. It was set as a signal for a general Communist uprising throughout the American Reich. We must fight this plot with bloodshed and the sternest disciplinary measures.”

Foreign newspapers, reporting true conditions in the United States, would be barred from the mails. Powerful apparatus would be erected to distort radio broadcasts from abroad, so that people could not learn from them about conditions in their own country. When Halifax stations would query at regular intervals, “Herr Schmidt, where did you put the brand that set fire to the capitol?” Americans would be unable to hear the broadcast.

Canny Herr Schmidt, cognizant of the fact that many Americans, after 160 years of freedom, are loathe to give up their rights without a struggle, would organize the country into a series of checks and balances that might be applied against any dissenting faction. Herr Schmidt personally would be in charge of the Civil Service, his political army, the national forces, workers’ organizations, church bodies, and the youth movement. These forces would be maintained distinctly and separately and could be mustered should any one faction rebel.

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