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Stalin Says Anti-semitism Punishable in Ussr; Hitler Says “jews to Be Exterminated”

February 27, 1942
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The full text of two messages, one by Stalin condemning racial hatred and reminding the world that anti-Semitism is punished by law in the Soviet Union, and the other by Hitler declaring that “the Jews will be exterminated” in the present war, reached New York today.

The Stalin message, delivered as an Order of the Day to the Red Army on Feb. 22 in Moscow on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Soviet army, reads in part, as follows: “The Red Army is free from the feeling of racial hatred. It is free of such a degrading feeling because it has been brought up in the spirit of racial equality and respect for the rights of other people. Also, one should not forget that in our country any manifestation of racial hatred is punished by law.”

The Hitler message sent from the Eastern front on Feb. 23 to Nazi chiefs in connection with the twenty-second anniversary of the party platform, read in part: “Just as was the case in our own country during and after the first World War, so it is today only the Jews, and again and again the Jews, who are responsible for conflicts among nations. There exists one difference, however, if we compare the world fight today with the and of the war that lasted from 1914 to 1918. In 1919 we National Socialists were just a small group who confessed our cause and who not only saw the international enemy of humanity but also fought him. Today, however, the ideas of our National Socialist, and those of the Fascist, revolution have conquered large and powerful States, and my prediction will find its fulfillment, that by this war not the Aryans but the Jews will be exterminated.

“Whatever this fight still has in store for us, or however long it may last, this will be its final result. Only then, after these parasites have been removed, will the suffering world be relieved by a long period of understanding among nations, and true peace will come over the world.”

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