Virtual charges of racketeering were hurled at Dr. Hubert Schnuch and his lieutenants yesterday by Anton Haegele, chieftain of the successful putsch against Schnuch’s national leadership of the League of Friends of New Germany.
“When thousands of members in an organization save their pennies month after month and go without enough to eat in the belief that they are doing their utmost for a great ideal,” a statement issued from the Haegele camp declared, “and when the leadership of such an organization has proven itself capable of creating positions for itself but does nothing for the movement or the ideals so holy to us, and shows itself ignorant of how to divide the organization into leaders and followers, then the evidence is conclusive that these gentlemen must step down from the boards which symbolize their power.
“It is the almost unbelievable accomplishment of one Anton Haegele to have destroyed this boil and to have called to the masses of the League once again.”
Referring to purported greed for power on the part of members of the Schnuch faction, the Heagele group flung a challenge at the foundation stones of Hitlerism.
“They (the Schnuch group) believed in the Caesarian insanity that the masses, who were eager for battle, would be satisfied with parades and with hailing the little Hitlers’ and planting haloes on their stupid heads,” the statement charged.
WANT ‘DECENT’ PEOPLE
“Away with these men! We need neither masters nor slaves, neither subordinate officers nor armies. We haven’t joined this movement to create posts for dictators. We want an array of decent people, of those zealous workers who have the welfare of all at heart, who are interested in seeing to it that their old homeland and the homeland of their choice are not brought any deeper into international difficulties by a clique which thinks only of profit and the destruction of Germany….
“These gentlemen, who think they can rule and direct according to the Macchiavellian principle