Berlin (Oct. 22)
Germany’s attitude toward the Jews is irrevocable and relentless, declares the Reichswart of Berlin in a screaming headline above a discussion of statements which the paper says recently have been made abroad to the effect that the Nazi Reich may decide to relax its determined anti-Semitic stand.
“It should be noted,” the article states, “that in this connection it is hinted that greater leniency toward the Jews would command a majority in any future German plebiscite. That is an odd, characteristically Jewish suggestion. We may assume that it is being propagated zealously and it is therefore as well to say a few words on the subject.
“The attitude of National Socialist Germany was and is fundamental. We see Jewry as an alien body in the organism of the German nation, which the experience of many decades has proved to be harmful and even annihilating in effect, and it must therefore be expelled from the life of the German nation.
SORRY FOR INDIVIDUALS
“National Socialism has never conceived this attitude personally against the individual Jew, either to his good nor his ill, nor has it ever denied that this fundamental attitude has resulted in personal hardships. It was always ready in individual cases to deplore such hardships, but without being able to give practical effect to such personal regret. It is impossible to make personal distinctions, not only because there is no such thing as unprejudiced judgment, but because this is a fundamental question.
“If its realization creates difficulties, we must apply Adolf Hitler’s new slogan; if he speaks of difficulties, he never contemplates capitulation. A good deal has been said here about the difficulties brought about by the attitude of the Third Reich on the Jewish question. There is no need to repeat that. But the assumption that these difficulties, even if they were intensified, could ever bring about a change in our fundamental attitude, is childish and grotesque. This applies in particular to the suggestion of a new plebiscite, based on the idea that if we meet the Jews in some way or other we would poll more ‘yes’ votes.
“So far as the Jews in Germany are concerned, it is a matter of complete indifference whether the Jews vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in a plebiscite, or not at all, for the very simple reason that National Socialism does not reckon the Jews as part of the German nation, for the equally simple reason that the Jew belongs to another nation, namely, the Jewish nation.
‘JEWISH BLOOD EMERGES’
“If it is a question of the Jewish-German cross-breeds, the fundamental remains the same, based on the truth that Jewish blood emerges through generations, always to the bad. If the Jew or the Jewish-German cross-breed declares that he feels that he is a German, that he has always without any reservations considered himself a German, has always stood for Germany in war and peace, his attitude can be recognized on the ground of human feeling, but it can never be any proof, objectively, that he is a German or an ‘Aryan.’
“Facts cannot be changed. In the Jewish question there is only one way: ‘either, or.’ And that applies to every racially determined nation in which there is Jewish influence. Either you let this influence remain and increase, or you get rid of it, excluding Jews from the life of the nation.
“There is no middle way. Hardships are unavoidable in such a process, and they are the less unavoidable the more Jewry refuses to recognize that there is an elementary race process going on. Difficulties and war may perhaps delay the process, but they can never prevent its consummation.
“The Jewish question has, on account of National Socialism, become an acute world question. The Jewish conference in Geneva has in a way confirmed this fact. That the attitude adopted by this conference was from the Jewish point of view a grave mistake is another matter.
JEWS’ VOTE ‘IMMATERIAL’
“If Jews and Jewish-German cross-breeds in Germany say that on August 19, although it was hard for them, they voted ‘yes,’ and if others say that they could not prevail upon themselves to do that, both these attitudes, viewed subjectively, are comprehensible. From the German aspect, however, it is a matter of indifference, so far as the great separation decision is concerned.
“We say that, too, to those other nations who speak of the New Germany as having relapsed into barbarism and the like, and who still seem to think that pressure and threats and public abuse in the world forum can change the German attitude, or who go about saying that there is an ‘anti-Semitic wave’ in Germany.
“It is a great historic process, which finds the German nation, as the first among the nations of the world, exercising the natural right of national self-determination in its own land.
“The fact is that the Jewish question can only be solved internationally, for it is a world question, and a grave world evil. We believe that one nation after another will sooner or later find itself confronted by the same question, and will be compelled to answer it in the national sense, in the same way the German nation is doing today.”