The prediction that large sections of the Nazi storm troops would desert to the Communist ranks as soon as Hitler stops paying them and that “a Communist avalanche may overrun everything” as a consequence, was made yesterday by Johannes Steel, former German official, in the fourth of a series of articles on the Nazi situation being published by the New York Post.
To forestall this possibility, which Steel emphasizes is still only a possibility rather than a probability, the writer declares that the Hitler government is considering complete disarmament and dissolution of all Nazi storm-troops. His information, Steel says, comes from private code and cable dispatches from Berlin, which further reveal that “activities of the Communist and Socialist cells within the Brown Army are the reason for this development.”
“Within the last year these radical groups had ample opportunity to carry their propaganda right into the heart of Nazism,” the article states. “At first the loyal and misled Nazis found it difficult to believe that Hitler was nothing but the puppet, manipulated for the sake of German industrialists and German as well as foreign bankers.
“But during the last three months the awful truth of their betrayal carried out with an infamy that is beyond ordinary human conception has dawned upon them.
“The storm troopers, the German people, are coming out of their nightmare. They are waking up. They are in rebellion.
“About the middle of this month Hitler realized that not even the brutal discipline enforced by his officer band of morons could keep the discontented stormtroopers in check.
“A general leave for the whole Brown Army was therefore ordered. All storm troopers are asked to surrender their arms on July 1, the beginning of their leave.
“If Hitler hopes that he can stave off the disaster indefinitely by this subterfuge he is mistaken, for this development automatically strengthened the Conservative, Steel Helmet and Monarchist opposition.
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