Julius Streicher, the leading anti-Semite of Nazi Germany, in a speech at Nuremberg which opened at new offensive against “critics and scandal mongers,” denies that Chancellor Hitler whipped him, according to a dispatch from Otto D. Tolischus, correspondent of The New York Times, appearing in that newspaper yesterday.
“I would not let even Hitler beat me,” declared Herr Streicher, who is Nazi district chief of Nuremberg and publisher of the notorious Jew-baiting weekly, Der Stuermer.
Reports that Hitler had taken away his riding whip were also false, he said. On the contrary, when he lost his whip Der Fuehrer gave him a new one.
“In this connection Herr Streicher related, however, how he had whipped a prisoner, Dr. Steinruck,” the Tolischus dispatch says.
” ‘I went with several party members into Steinruck’s cell,’ Herr Streicher related, ‘and took a look at the wretch. He began to talk with a weeping voice and acted like a schoolboy.
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” ‘He did not act like the man one expected after his big talk. Thereupon I gave him a good beating with my whip.’ “
The Times correspondent reports that the anti-Semite asserted German economy had never been better since the war and warned that, if the rich failed to contribute to the Winter relief fund, a simple method would be employed next Winter.
“We will simply issue an order,” Herr Streicher is reported to have said, “and how the order will read is also a simple matter.”