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Now-editorial Notes

Philip L. Seman, General Director of the Jewish People’s Institute, of Chicago, writes me, in part, as follows:

“I have just finished reading once more your editorial in The Jewish Daily Bulletin of Thursday, March 1, It was ‘A Purim Forecast.’

“In the light of what has happened in Germany during the last ten days, it occurs to me that a comment on this editorial would be timely. Of course, you do not want to set yourself up as a prophet or the son of a prophet, but I feel that you have, without any question of a doubt, as fine an insight into world politics and their machinations as the best in the field.

“I originally thought of writing an article based on your foresightedness for the B’nai B’rith Magazine, but I believe that it is due you and The Jewish Daily Bulletin the first opportunity either to reprint the editorial, or write another, referring in it to the forecast.”

I have received numerous requests for a reprint of that editorial. Since the publication of my Open Letter to Dr. Schacht in December, 1933, and my editorial, “A Purim Forecast,” on March 1, 1934, events in Germany have confirmed my prognostication. Even the recent visit of Hitler to Mussolini was an unmistakable evidence of Hitler’s desperate attempt to save himself and his power, by making concessions to II Duce in the matter of the Austro-German Nazi Anschluss.

In my forecast published more than four months ago, I presented my reasons why Hitler cannot last more than two years. Now I believe that his end will come much sooner.

The readers of The Jewish Daily Bulletin may be interested in rereading my analysis of the German situation and the Hitler blunders, as outlined in my editorial of March 1:

A PURIM FORECAST

It is often asked how long Hitlerism — the system of the modern Haman— can last. Many people believe that Hitlerism is destined to remain in power for a very long time and to spread also to other lands.

I do not share this view. I know how unwise it is to indulge in prophecies. But I am convinced that Hitlerism cannot last long, for the following reasons:

1. Hitlerism came into power as a result of the agitation of demagogues who promised the defeated German people the restoration of a powerful Germany.

2. Hitlerisn promised to wipe out the humiliation of the German guilt in the World War.

3. Hitlerism promised the defeated German people a new place in the sun, as an equal

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