Chicago (Sep. 4)
“Never has the outlook of Germany been as dark as it is today,” writes Weymouth Hogue in a special dispatch to The Chicago Tribune from Luxemburg.
“Though the faith of millions in Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler has been shaken,” he asserts “he remains Germany’s ‘miracle man.’ Patiently the nation looks to him for salvation because there is nobody left to whom she dares look for assistance.
“The German who declares that everything is quiet is not necessarily a liar. The average burgher declines to go out and look for the truth. He is glad if Storm Troopers and Hitler’s hand-picked bodyguard, the Schutzstaffel and the GSP (secret police) leave him alone. Likely as not he does not have enough money to travel around the country asking questions that may displease the authorities. Centuries of training have taught him that it is healthier to obey the wish of those in power.
“The average German blames the depression and the world’s hatred and envy of Germany for his difficulties. The nation’s master of internal propaganda, Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, plays cleverly with the Reich’s inborn persecution complex.
“Germany has no friends left among the big powers. The average German does not know that this is entirely the fault of Hitler and his henchmen.
LEADER WITHOUT HONOR
“There is no ambassador or minister left in Berlin who would ever again place the slightest faith in the Reichfuehrer’s most eloquent pledges of honor. Practically all of the diplomats accredited in Berlin in confidential chats can cite concrete cases in which Hitler blatantly broke his word of honor
“To one he promised to stop once and for all Nazi propaganda in the diplomat’s country. Others again were assured by Hitler personally that the Nazis would cease interference in Austria. The history of recent events in Austria shows how little Hitler’s word counts.”