ZURICH (Feb. 24)
Attacks on Jews figured in speeches of Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler and Premier Benito Mussolini today and yesterday.
Hitler, speaking at the Munich beer hall in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the founding of the Nazi Party, attributed Britain’s declaration of war to “a certain clique, encouraged also by Jewry, which of course acts everywhere behind the scenes, as is well known, and incited consciously and determinedly to war.”
He declared that behind his opponents was “either the Jew or the sacred money bag.” In reviewing the rise of Nazism in Germany, he said that “we fought against internal decay and again the alien race of Jewry.”
Mussolini, speaking in Rome yesterday, denounced the “illusion that the United States is still a democracy, when instead it is a political and financial oligarchy dominated by Jews through a personal form of dictatorship.” Attacks on Jews in Hitler’s vein have appeared rarely in Mussolini’s speeches. In this case, the Duce read from a prepared text, which was a departure from his usual practice of speaking extemporaneously.