James W. Gerard, former United States Ambassador to Germany, who arrived here yesterday on the Conte di Savoia from a three weeks’ stay in Southern France, declared that Germany faces either Communism, monarchy or a war.
President Wilson’s wartime envoy to the Reich called Germany the sore spot of Europe and said that, although Hitlerism is strongly entrenched, sooner or later an explosion must result from the discordant elements boiling under its repressions.
“Hitler has done some good things,” Mr. Gerard declared. “He has suppressed Communism, which was growing in Germany at an extreme rate.”
Mr. Gerard said he had been told by exiles he had met on the Riviera that certain German Jews still exempt from the customary restrictions on “non-Aryans” were humorously known as “Aryans by decree,” because they were too important in the German economic system to antagonize.
“The Catholic question will be settled in the very near future,” Mr. Gerard declared. “Hitler will reach an accord with the Catholic Church in Germany as Mussolini did in Italy.”
Also returning on the Conte di Savoia, from a vacation in Italy, were Judge Irving Lehman, of the Court of Appeals, and Mrs. Lehman.
Paul Block, publisher of the Newark Star-Eagle and other newspapers, returned after seven weeks in Europe, where he interviewed Mussolini and attempted to arrange a meeting with Hitler. In Germany, Mr. Block declared, he could not find one person out of a hundred smiling. Although everything seemed calm in that country, he said, there is “a terrific kettle boiling.”