Striking back at Professor Albert Einstein, Adolf Hitler’s Voelkischer Beobachter today termed the famous scientist and his English host, Commander Oliver Locker Lampson, “cheap publicity seekers” and at the same time accused the Zionists of inciting world boycott of German goods.
“It is clear that Zionists are responsible for the boycott resolution presented to Geneva,” the newspaper declared. “With Rabbi Wise and other Geneva boycott leaders being directly drawn from the Zionist organization, it could not be otherwise.”
Featuring the report that Nazi assassins had set a price on the head of Einstein, the Voelkischer Beobachter neither confirmed nor denied assertions that the famous scientist had been “put on the spot” In large type, the subheading of the article declared, “Jew Einstein Plays Martyr.”
In reply to Professor Einstein’s recent warning to conscientious objectors in France and Belgium to waive objections to war in view of the growth of militarism in Central Europe, the newspaper accused Einstein of urging France and Belgium to prepare for war. Prof. Einstein’s declaration has been given prominence by the French press.
The anti-German thrust recently made by the Board of Deputies of British Jews was linked by the Voelkischer Beobachter to Professor Einstein’s influence over Neville Laski, president of the Board. Laski allegedly expressed favor toward the international boycott of German goods, in a speech delivered at Manchester and, according to the paper, meant for the ears of Premier Mac-Donald.
“Boycott of this sort would be equivalent to a declaration of war!” the Voelkischer Beobachter asserts. “The Board of Deputies is playing a double game with Germany. With one hand it is holding in check the boycott movement and with the other is inciting the British Government to act against Germany.
“There is no doubt that Jews as a whole are conducting this systematic war propaganda against Germany,” the article concludes.
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