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Exiled Reich Statesman Sees Fall of Nazis During Coming Winter

June 21, 1934
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The Hitler regime will-suffer a radical change if not outright downfall during the coming autumn or winter, declared Dr. Kurt Rosenfeld, internationally known lawyer and former Minister of Justice for Prussia, who arrived yesterday afternoon aboard the French liner Champlain, to appear as star witness for the American Inquiry Commission which is soon to begin investigation of Nazism.

One of the best known legal de-fenders of political prisoners and anti-Fascists, attorney for Ernst Torgler, acquitted defendant in the Reichstag fire trial, Dr. Rosenfeld was a member of the convention which framed the Prussian State Constitution after the war, a member of the first Reichstag in 1920 and succeeding ones. He represented the Social Democratic party.

As the Champlain was steaming into port, Dr. Rosenfeld recalledhow he was forced to flee from the Naziland last March, making his getaway just before his impending arrest. The charge against him was that he defended in cour# Socialists and Communists and that he represented his party in the Reichstag.

He recalled how nine years ago, as a member of the Reichstag he came to the United States to attend the International Parliamentary Conference.

“At that time I was received and greeted most graciously by the German Ambassador and the Consul,” the German Jewish jurist reminisced through an interpreter.

“Yes, a grave crisis has existed in the ranks of the National Socialist party for a long time now,” he declared in reference to the recent controversy over the Von Papen speech. “There is plenty of internal trouble. This fall will witness a considerable modification in the regime and then its overthrow.

As for the possibility of the monarchist restoration, the visitor said that even achieved it will be distinctly temporary. He predicted a military dictatorship immediately after the Hitler downfall, and declined to discuss the chances of the Communists in Germany.


He revealed how his house in a Berlin suburb and other property were confiscated. His daughter Mrs. Hilda Kirchheiner, herself an attorney, was also forced to flee Germany because she undertook to represent a citizen of Poland in a German court, and that action was held to be a treason against the fatherland.

Jews, Dr. Rosenfeld said, have been deprived of all rights of citizenship, are treated as inferior beings, and the continuous persecution promises to become much worse.


Taking up residence in Paris with his wife and daughter, Dr. Rosenfeld established an anti-Nazi press service, under the name of Inpress, which is being used by some 300 papers. He was expelled from the German Bar Association because a certain painting by a French artist was discovered in his office.

Another arrival on the Champlain was Bernard Sindelman, better known as “Sindy, the American Leopard Trader.” Fresh from the wilds of Africa, following another expedition, Mr. Sindelman was dissporting a live leopard and three chameleons. He led the leopard about on a leash and caused considerable apprehension among representatives of the press who were not eager to submit the “Collegiate” (as the beast is called) to the acid test which Sindy assured them his pet would pass with flying colors— namely, that it was as well trained as the best of dogs.


The leopard is a gift to his thirteen-year-old daughter Frances, who is planning a Hollywood career, Sindy explained. It was in the Italian Somaliland that he came upon a family of leopards. He killed the two old ones and kept the youngsters. One of the latter, “Omar,” was accidentally poisoned by bad food in Afghanistan. Paris newspapers buzzed recently, when Sindy took Collegiate with him to exclusive cafes and crowded boulevards.

“I have encountered tremendous quantities of Hitler propaganda in every part of Africa, in all languages,” Mr. Sindelman told the Jewish Daily Bulletin.

His wife met him at the pier, and the two, accompanied by the leopard and the chameleons, proceeded to their Brighton Beach home.

Among others who came on the Champlain were Isidor Achron, who came from recitals in London and Paris, and expressed satisfaction over the widespread use by European orchestras of the song he recently composed, “Love Me for a White”; Francois Louis Dreyfus, a director of the Parisian daily L’Intransigeant; Louis-Ferdinand Celine, French author of the “Journey to the End of the Night”; M. D. Bromberg, publicity manager of the Le Petit Parisien, and Mrs. J. B. Cahn, American journalist.

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