How Ernst F. S. Hanfstaengl, now at Harvard, used a whip in German “Marxist villages” was told by S. Miles Bouton, newspaper correspondent, in a lecture delivered before 1,500 persons in the Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church here last night.
Describing a three-day trip he made with Hitler about a year ago, the writer declared: “There were a large number of storm-troopers with us. They were armed with huge, black, snake-like whips which they wielded as we passed through Marxist villages. And one of those whippers was Ernst Hanfstaengl.”
“War is the constant cry in Germany,” asserted Bouton. “They’re poisoning the minds of children with the exploitation of heroic deeds in battle. War is bound to come unless the Nazis go.”
The Hitler system cannot last, he held, “not only because of Germany’s tottering economic structure, but because many who were the most rabid Nazis are beginning to weaken in their beliefs.
“An honest election today would give the Nazi government only about forty percent of the votes. The Nazis now are holding their position only by terrorism and ignorance.”
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