2 Hitler Years Black Period
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2 Hitler Years Black Period

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Asserting that the period of Hitler’s power has been in many ways “among the darkest of recent centuries,” the communique continued:

“Not only has every foundation of political self-government, of intellectual and moral self-determination been destroyed, but the spirit and the influence of the Chancellor of the Nazi Reich has brought about a recrudescence of the war menace.

“Within the Reich, the totalitarian state has invaded every realm of the collective and individual of the German people. Nazism has crushed the religious freedom which obtained in Germany until the day of Hitler’s advent.

“The Nazi regime has destroyed the labor front which had placed Germany in the vanguard of social legislation and practice. The Nazi regime has dimmed the light of academic freedom and thus brought to nought the universities which were the proudest distinction of pre-Hitler Germany, degrading these into training schools of Nazism in the place of institutions of unhampered research and scientific investigation.


“The Nazi regime has decreed that every furtherance of peace and every gesture of international understanding is to be punished as a treasonable crime.

“The Nazi regime has reduced womanhood from freedom of action to the bondage of a child-breeding instrumentality of its war necessities. The proud and free Germany of yesterday has been degraded into a vast concentration camp in which men have lost their freedom, women their dignity and childhood its hopes.

“The Nazi regime has done cruel and immeasurable hurt to the faithful and loyal Jewish citizens of the Reich, who had greatly served Germany for many centuries.”

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