Menu JTA Search

Lecturer Sees Trade As Key to Hitler Fall

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

“The survival of the Hitler regime depends seemingly on the answer to the conundrum, how long can party enthusiasm withstand economic forces?” declared Clarence E. Pickett, section chief of the federal subsistence homestead division, who is here as lecturer and leader of the Mid-West Institute of International Relations, which opened at the Harris Hall of Northwestern University.

Just back from Europe, in his capacity of executive secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, which is aiding 8,000 non-Fascist families in Austria and some 2,000 refugees in France, Mr. Pickett said:

“I did not find one German of any party who thought Hitler would not remain in power for some time to come. The Nazis are enthusiastic and their opponents discouraged. Some important foreign observers in Germany, however, give Hitler only seven months.”

As for the boycott, it ‘has been felt, but is only part of the Nazis’ troubles; foreign tariffs, the loss of an important customer in Russia, governmental spending far beyond income and credit and the conferring of governmental responsibilities on loyal party men who don’t know much about running a government have piled up financial difficulties.”

NEXT STORY