The recent Nuremberg legislation “is not anti-Jewish but pro-German,” Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler told Hugh Baillie, president of the United Press, in an exclusive interview prominently featured today in the New York World-Telegram.
Replying to a question as to the grounds for the legislation passed by the Reichstag at Nuremberg, Hitler is quoted as saying:
“The necessity of combating Bolshevism is one of the fundamental reasons for Jewish legislation in Germany…Through these laws the rights of the Germans shall be protected against destructive Jewish influences.”
Chancellor Hitler, according to the inverview, declared that after the war an “intellectual proletariat” was formed among educated Germans who had to take menial positions while the Jews had sought to usurp cultural leadership and had overcrowded intellectual professions.
“The destructive influence of this intellectual Jewry has made itself felt everywhere,” Hitler is quoted. “For this reason it was necessary to take steps in order to put a stop to this destructiveness and to establish a clear and clean division between the two races.”
The fundamental principle by which this is handled, he said, is that Germans and Jews should receive what is naturally due to each, declaring that as a result of this policy anti-Jewish feeling has modified.
To a question as to whether further legislative steps were to be expected, the Fuehrer replied that the German Government was being guided by a desire to avert by means of law those measures of self-help on the part of the people which might possibly be expressed in dangerous explosions, and thereby to main the hitherto prevailing peace and order in Germany.
He expressed belief, according to Mr. Baillie, that through the Nuremberg laws new tension would perhaps be avoided. Should tension arise, however, then further legal measures might become necessary, he asserted.
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