Berlin (Jul. 7)
All goes well in Naziland, at least, so we are told. Problems, Propaganda Minister Goebbels recently declared in a widely circulated speech, are here to be solved, and, so he said, God be blessed that there are men now who can solve all problems.
Whether the government has found a panacea for all national diseases your correspondent has not been able to find out. At least there are skeptics. But for one “disease” the government seems to have found the right remedy. That much your correspondent can substantiate.
The problem referred to is, of course, the very well-known “Jewish problem.” For this problem the government certainly has hit upon an efficacious solution. Slow starvation! And it works, believe me.
With great joy and pride the Nuernberger Acht-Uhr Abendblatt tells of the panacea discovered by the Nazi “scientists.” Economic boycotting,â€”in other words, slow starvationâ€”works. It does! Of that there can be no doubt. Those that can get out, get out; those who cannot afford such a luxury leave no children behind them. Less births, no new generation, the old generation slowlyâ€”or hurriedly, if convenientâ€”passes away, and the problem is solved.
BIRTHS ON DECLINE
In Berlin, the paper tells, there have been 10.6 per cent less births this year, compared with last year; in Hamburg 13.7; in Frankfurt 10.2; and in Pforzheim more than 13 per cent. And this, it must not be forgotten, is the situation in large cities where the boycott by no means reaches the intensity and the completeness of small towns. There, undoubtedly, the situation is much worse.
What the economic boycott has done, and how effective it is, is evident from another set of figures. Last winter no less than 11,287 Jews in Berlin had to approach the government for support! More than 13 per cent, in other words of the Berlin Jewish population has been economically ruined to the extent that it had to depend upon the meagre governmental aid to keep body and soul not too far apart.
Goebbels was right, then. The government seems to be able to solve problemsâ€”if not all… at least it has solved one.
The law seems to be a very flexible thing, even in Naziland. Theoretically, of course, a law once passed should be applicable to all, but practically flexibility is essentialâ€”especially when the law hurts the interests of the big capitalists. In such a case, the existing government knows, playing the ostrich is the major part of wisdom.
TELLS OF BOOK SITUATION
Thus, a law was passed about two weeks ago prohibiting department stores and Jewish bookstores from selling Nazi literatureâ€”in case a purchaser appears that is. The works of Goebbels of Goering, Hitler’s masterpiece of autobiography, and the whole host of pamphlets must not be sold, said the law, either in Jewish bookstores or in the large department stores. Such was the law. Clear-cut and definite, whatever else it be.
But in practice what happens? The old story, of course, repeats itself: The large department stores continue displaying, if not sellingâ€”for there are mighty few customers for such booksâ€”the prohibited books just as before, but the small Jewish bookstore has had to comply with the letter of the law.
What to do with the books the store owners do not know, nor does the law tell them. A few of the more recent books were taken back by the publishers, but the vast majority they have been forced to take down in the cellar. Display them they cannot, not to speak of selling them.
The famous Adler automobile concern of Frankfurt has now been made kosher, and pureblooded Teutons will now be able to drive an Adler car without the least scruple. Jews have been eliminated from the directorship. The president of the board of trustees, Jacob Goldschmidt, the Councillor of Commerce (a title conferred on distinguished financiers), Dr. Walter Sobernheim, and the General-Director, Dr. William Meinhard, have all ben pushed out of active participation in the management, and unblemished directors have been appointed in their place.