London (Sep. 22)
There can be no doubt that anti-Semitism is now one of the watchwords of the British Fascist movement led by Sir Oswald Mosley.
How the Black Shirts feel about the Hyde Park fiasco and their adversaries is clearly shown in the recent Black Shirt issue which brings out in bold relief the attitude of the Mosleyites toward Jews.
The invectives used may be new to British readers, but the tune has been heard before in other European countries.
The Black Shirt charges that Communists and Jews were the main adversaries at the Hyde Park demonstration, at which 150,000 persons turned out to boo the Fascists, forcing them to make an ignominious retreat.
The Jews are sometimes called Jews, and at other times such phrases as “mobs from European ghettoes” and “transplanted weeds” are employed to designate them.
The front page is devoted to an article by the maestro himself, in which Sir Oswald says nasty things about “red mobs, subsidized by alien finance.”
On the second page, Leslie Hore-Belisha, Minister of Transport in the MacDonald cabinet, is attacked as “the little Jewish politician and publicist who intrigued his way into a minor post in the National government.”
Another article declares in large type:
“Behind the Communist and Socialist mob is the alien Jewish financier, supplying them with the ‘palm oil’ to make them yell.”
One of the speakers at Hyde Park said:
“In the days to come, when the mob is back in its place and the ghetto is back in the gutter, you and I will be able to say we were in the vanguard of the men and women who risked all to save Britain.”
Under pictures of Lord Beaverbrook and Mr. Elias, “who controls the Daily Herald,” appears the caption: “Fortunately these press ‘bosses’ are not Englishmen.”
The regime of the Nazis in Germany today is ardently defended and Sir Austen Chamberlain, who flayed the Nazis in an article in the Paris “Figaro,” comes in for a violent lashing.
To its own satisfaction at least, the Black Shirt refutes all allegations made by Sir Austen and states that in the recent German plebiscite to approve Adolf Hitler’s seizure of the Presidency and his merger of it with the Chancellorship his opponents had complete freedom to register their votes against him “if they so desired… which is conclusive proof that it was a free poll, with the usual safeguards of secrecy as to the identities of voters.”
Notwithstanding the facts, the Black Shirt blithely asserts that “the majority of the German people are happy under the present regime.”
The next test of Mosley’s strength is scheduled for October 28, at a meeting in Albert Hall.