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Untermyer Denies Jews Participated in ‘revolt’

July 16, 1934
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“No Jew has been shown to have played any part in the acts which took place recently in Germany, previous or during the incipient ‘second revolution,'” was Samuel Untermyer’s comment yesterday to the Bulletin when asked his reaction to Chancellor Hitler’s utterance in his Reichstag speech Friday “that German workers have found out these Jewish traitors and have overcome them.”

Attempting to justify himself in the eyes of the German people for the murders of his former henchmen, Hitler said specifically: “The consequence of the activity of these traitors has become clear to the German people and has been recognized by the German workers that have found out these Jewish and Marxistic traitors and have overcome them.”

It was to this portion of Hitler’s speech that Mr. Untermyer referred and denounced as untrue.

“He has presented no proof in justification or excuse for these wholesale murders,” the anti-Nazi leader said. “One expected to hear some evidence of treachery, however slight. Nothing beyond oratorical phrases has been forthcoming. The murders were a piece of wanton effrontery which makes Hitler’s situation worse than it was before. There was no excuse for them.”

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