Berlin (Aug. 22)
While Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler was on a holiday at his sister’s home in Obersalzburg today, his brown-shirted storm troops undertook to “convert to Nazi ideals” the four and a quarter million persons who dared last Sunday to vote against him.
Meanwhile, Rudolf Hess, Minister Without Portfolio, warned Nazis guilty of the “mutiny” of taking grievances to public authorities instead of to party headquarters that they invite expulsion from Nazi ranks.
HITLER INFALLIBLE, SAYS GOERING
Premier Hermann Wilhelm Goering of Prussia was quoted by the Allgemeine Zeitung as saying:
“Before our leader, Adolf Hitler, all criticism subsides. If Der Fuehrer issues orders, everyone must obey implicitly, no matter who he is.”
Visiting labor elements in the industrial sections of Berlin in furtherance of the “conversion” campaign, the storm troops encountered open resistance as workingmen used their fists to good advantage.
This opposition was interpreted today by well informed observers as indicative of a definite loss of prestige by the brown shirts since the Roehm revolt of June 30.
CATHOLICS STRONGLY ‘NO’
Fully 2,000,000 votes were cast against Hitler in Catholic districts, it was learned today.
August Hoppe, a Nazi youth leader, was denounced by the Official Catholic Bulletin for urging the youth “to summon all forces for a final battle against Christianity.” The publication demanded to know how Hoppe’s statement could be reconciled with the official Nazi pledge to uphold Christianity.