ZURICH (Jan. 25)
Germany’s two chief worries – the retreat on the Soviet front and the spread of typhus within the Reich – were attributed here today by neutral observers to Hitler’s blind hatred of the Jews.
In an analysis of the problems which Hitler is facing at present, it was pointed out that while in all other matters Hitler displayed perfect timing, he failed to do so in his anti-Jewish schemes. By starving the Jews in the ghettos to a point where they became infected with typhus, he overlooked the fact that the plague night spread to the German army and to the civilian population in the Reich. Spotted typhus is now raging in Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg and in many cities in Germany despite frantic efforts to check it. Similarly the German troops are suffering severely from the spread of typhus.
Hitler’s hysterical hatred of the Jews, it was further pointed out, is also to a very great extent responsible for his present failure in Russia. His agents fed him false reports that anti-Semitism was growing among the Soviet population as a result of Nazi propaganda against the “Jewish Bolshevik regime” and Hitler, blinded by anti-Semitism, chose to believe these reports. It was with no small hopes of an uprising against the “Jewish Bolsheviks” that Hitler started his invasion of Soviet territory. These hopes, however, have proven baseless and spoiled Hitler’s time-table, calculated with a view of having the German troops reach the Soviet oil fields before the cold winter months began.
With his two major mistakes due, to a very great extent, to his emotional reaction against Jews, it is believed here that Hitler’s hysterical anti-Semitism may lead him to more fatal mistakes in the present war and thus may serve as a major factor in his doom, since in questions of anti-Semitism he is guided by emotion rather than by clear thinking.