Sir Barry Domville, founder and president of “The Link” the organization denounced by Home Secretary Sir Samuel Hoare as a Nazi propaganda tool said today that the portrait of Adolf Hitler hanging in his home did not necessarily mean he admired the Fuehrer and added that the he kept a statuette of a Nazi guard only as a “work of art.”
Sir Barry’s statement was made to newspapermen after the London News-Chronicle, Liberal daily, had published a picture of him sitting at his desk, flanked by Hitler’s picture and the statuette of the Nazi in the uniform of the S.S. (Hitler’s elite guard).
“The fact that I have a portrait of Hitler at my house does not necessarily signify that I am his admirer, ” Sir Barry declared. “I met Hitler only once, three years ago, but I am not going to say what I think of him. I naturally have political opinions, as does any intelligent man. I will only say that I belong to no party. I keep a statuette of a Nazi guard in my home because it’s a pretty work at art.”
The Nazi-Chronicle also published a statement by Cecil Dixon, of Leeds, former vice-president of the Link, in which he declared that Dr. Bluhm, a ranking officer of the Anglo-German Club in Berlin, had told him the organization was supported by the Nazi Government.