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Under the heading, “Nazi Equity,” the New York Herald-Tribune comments editorially on the Goebbels’ attack on the Jews at last Sunday’s Nazi rally in Templehot Airport. The Herald-Tribune says:

It was at this season last year that Reichsfuehrer Hitler turned the stomach of the whole English-speaking world with his ruthless party “purge.” Possibly a certain number of Americans, who are trying to be sympathetic with the Nazi régime, have since then persuaded themselves that the hysterical “elimination,” in which such persons as General Von Schleicher and his wholly innocent wife lost their lives, was an unpleasant necessity. Even these folk must be perplexed and distressed, however, to learn from news reports of a huge celebration in Berlin of the anniversary of the “purge” that the Nazi hierarchy has no desire to bury the memory of it but is refreshing it, through the official oratory of Propaganda Minister Goebbels, with pomp and pride.

It must be with some misgivings, also, that the Nazi apologists in the United States read how Herr Goebbels used the occasion to denounce the German Jews with unabated rancor. His attitude (unostentatiously official) toward an element which the Third Reich, according to many recent official statements, proposes to denationalize (except for its obligation to do coolie service in wartime), to disenfranchise and to limit to fewer economic opportunities than it enjoyed in the medieval ghetto, must seem to any American worthy of the name wholly inconsistent with the official assertion that the Jews are henceforth “guests” in Germany.

It is the undeniable right of a sovereign government to withdraw the privilege of citizenship from unacceptable residents. But in all modern civilized countries it has always been recognized that equity imposes upon a government which denies one class of men the defensive political weapons of the citizen the obligation to give them special protection and consideration. This principle was recognized even in dark, chaotic and brutal thirteenth-century England, where “the King’s Jews” enjoyed the special protection of the sovereign against mob prejudice, the petty tyranny of the nobles and the persecution of the ecclesiastical courts. The vituperative eloquence of a Goebbels, designed to whip up popular hatred against the Jew, even while it assures the nation that the Jew is politically defenseless and socially taboo, is official testimony to the non-German world that chivalry in Germany has fallen lower than in any jungle on which the Nazi cares to put a finger.

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