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German Press Pushes Drive for Nazi Ideals

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That there is little relenting on the theory, at least, of National Socialism in Nazi Germany is apparent from consideration of unabated attempts of the Nazi press and leaders to foist upon the people Hitlerite conceptions, many of which are in no wise meeting with popular approval.

Dr. Schemm, Minister of Education, speaking before a conference of the National Socialist Teachers Federation here, demanded that educators open their doors to the conception of “Race and Nation.”

“We go home from this conference,” Schemm declared, “with the determination to stand behind our leader Adolf Hitler, the greatest educator in Germany.”

Hitler wired the onference expressing his thanks for Schemm’s work in “educating our nation for the National Socialist State.”

Gauleiter Sprenger detailed the course of Nazi education somewhat more specifically than the minister did. “The foundations of education,” he said, “must be reconstructed. Till now they have consisted of erroneous ideas.”

Sprenger said that hereafter the foundation of German thought must be based on German race.


“We are returning to our native life,” he declared, “which is home, race, nation, God. These are the foundations of German education. Who denies race denies the foundation of education.”

On the economic front there is no abating on the race issue. Department stores, particularly those with which Jews were associated, have again become targets for Nazi broadsides.

Through the Westdeutscher Beobachter, the Economic Divisional Advisor of the National Socialist Party in the Cologne-Aachen district declares war on department stores.

He reminds the people that the Nazi policy toward the destruction of department stores is the same as that laid down in the party program.

“Buying in department stores, therefore,” he proclaims, “is not to be reconciled with true National Socialist views.”

“That certain Jewish department stores have carried out a process of so-called conformity with the Nazi state, the value of which conformity is of dubious value, cannot of course change this fundamental attitude,” he continues.


The Westdeutscher Beobachter recently was taken to task by the department store, Westdeutscher Kaufhof, formerly the property of Leonhard Tietz, for two scathing articles. This article is considered a reprisal.

The paper contends that the firm continues to be Jewish because two Jews, Franz Levy and Julius Schloss, remain on the board of directors. “It makes no difference,” says the article, “that these two have placed their directorships in the hands of the company.” It goes further to enumerate three others serving the concern as members of the supervisory council.

Recalled as damaging to the concern’s good intentions is the fact that on July 1 of this year 3.85 per cent of the staff, mainly in official capacity, were Jews, while forty-seven Jewish apprentices continued to survive.

“The fact that Dr. Tietz was last year unanimously elected to the supervisory council does not prove that he holds more than 7.5 per cent of the capital of his old firm with which he is credited, but it does demonstrate that the holders of the other shares are Jews or Jew-friends, and Jew or Jew-friend is all the same to us,” the paper concludes.

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