London (Jul. 18)
Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, better known as the Black Shirts, has lost his chief backer, Lord Rothermere, powerful publisher of a large and influential chain of newspapers.
An open break between Mosley and Rothermere, chiefly on the Jewish question in Fascism, will be revealed in tomorrow’s London Daily Mail, leading Rothermere organ.
Rothermere’s withdrawal of his support, which he first gave to the Black Shirt movement on January 15 of this year, came as a result of a letter received from Mosley in which the fiery young emulator of Hitler and Mussolini restated his attitude on the Jewish problem.
“We pledged that no racial or religious persecution would occur under British Fascism,” he wrote to Rothermere, “but we require that Jews should put their first interests in Great Britain. We don’t admit Jewish members into our movement because they have bitterly attacked us and because they have organized an international movement with racial interests above national. Jews, there-