pi rfav, August 16, 1940
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Lindbergh And Hitler
In an address delivered recently before a large audi
ence in Chicago, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh endeavored
to calm Americans and to dissipate the fears that have dis
turbed the minds of many for some time. He repeated his
doubts regarding the possibility of a German invasion of
our shores and insisted on our keeping out of the European
struggle at all events. As an American citizen, Mr. Lind
bergh is entitled to his opinion on these matters as well as
on many other subjects and it would be ungracious to apply
to him such uncomplimentary epithets as were thrown out
on the Senate floor. His analysis of the purposes of this war
probably lacks the perspective and the penetration which a
contemporary historian must possess in order to evaluate
conditions properly, but many other Americans have ex
pressed similar views and have not, for this season, been
stamped as traitors or Fifth Columnists.
The most vulnerable and most dangerous assumption in
this speech, however, was the advice of a workable agree
ment between America and a victorious Germany. Lind
bergh apparently harbors a great admiration for Germany’s
Fuhrer, which he manifested on more than one occasion. He
intimates here an appreciation of Nazi ideology identifying
it with what he calls “Western civilization” and envisages
the two great centers for such a civilization, one in Europe
dominated by Germany and the other here. “An agreement
between us could maintain civilization and peace throughout
the world asi far into the future as we can see.” We wonder
whether the Nazi officials who entertained him while he was
visiting Germany took him to the concentration camps to
witness what is being done to “convince” the doubters of
the exalted principles of'National Socialism of their errors.
We wonder whether he saw the ruined synagogues, the de
molished shops, the broken bodies of those whose only crime
was that they were members of a different race.
A system that suppresses free
dom of research, freedom of ex
pression and personal freedom
cannot possibly be made to fit in
with a form of life which we want,
and presumably Mr. Lindbergh
wants, to maintain here. Even if
our faith in Nazi pacts and agree
ments be entirely restored, a per
manent cooperation with a State
that is based on a system such as
worked up by Hitler and his min
ions is quite impossible for us.
Still less workable would be an
understanding between us and a
victorious Nazi regime. It is not
merely “shouting names” and
pointing the finger of blame.”
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There Is a basic difference of ap
proach which cannot be overcome
until one swallows the other. The
democratic states must regard the
totalitarian governments as a re
turn to barbarism. While we re
alize, as does Mr. Lindbergh, the
catastrophic consequences of a
war with the axis powers, we are
equally horrified at the possibili
ty of a compact with them, after
they have become intoxicated
with their triumphs and become
convinced of their policies as the
only right and proper ones. With
all his experiences and contacts,
Colonel Lindbergh shows himself
a rather superficial observer and
one who lacks a clear understand
ing of the pernicious policies of
the Nazi votaries and some may
even express a doubt as to his
proper perception of the vital ele
ments of our own ideals and mode
THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY
By PAUL A. PETERS
ARISTOCRAT: The untimely
passing of Vladimir Jabotinsky,
which evoked genuine grief among
all calsses of Jewry, moved inti
mates of the great Rivisionist
leader to stress one of the out
standing anomalies of his career.
. . . Jabotinsky, the mass of whose
followers were numbered among
the world’s poorest people, was an
aristocrat to his finger tips. . .
For one thing, he was a dapper
dresser, probably one of the best
dressed men in the entire field of
Jewish leadership. . . For another,
he adhered meticulously and with
charming unaffectedness to the
social amenities. . . For example,
during one of'the muggiest of the
heat-wave days recently he was
among a group of men and one
woman engaged in an informal
conference. . . When the lady sug
gested that the men discard their
jackets in the interests of com
fort, all adopted the suggestion
with relief and alacrity. . . All,
that is, except Jabotinsky. . . .
Who had never violated accepted
etiquette by permitting himself,
no matter what the weather, to be
coatless in the presence of a lady.
. . . Jabotinsky’s punctiliousness
about manners and dress was a
symbol of a deeply inbred consid
eration for others that may have
been responsible for his early end.
. . . Te had known for several
years that he was afflicted with
angina pectoris. .. Yet he had nev
er informed even his wife or his
mist intimate friends and asso
ciates of his ailment. . . When he
arrived at Camp Betar, scene of
his death, he informed the camp
doctor of his condition and cau
tioned him against accidentally
disclosing it to his friends and as
sociates. . . A close friend, express
ing the belief that Jabotinsky may
have had a premonition of his
death, reveals that on the way up
to Camp Betar by car, Jabotin
sky asked his traveling compan
ions if any of them knew the
words of Kol Nidre. . .
EPISODE: This is a tale of the
last hours before the evacuation
of Paris. . . Morris C. Troper, Eu
ropean director of the JDC, was
directing destruction of documents
that could not be taken, along. . .
Among the effects marked for de
struction was a record of an ad
dress he had made. . . If was one
of those tough, pliable tin discs.
. . . Troper tried breaking it. . .
It just bent. . . Te tried tearing
it, with equally poor results. . .
The problem was finally solved by
simply scratching the wax sur
face of the disc, which rendered it
useless. . . (If there had been a
college boy on the premises, Tro
per probably could have gotten
rid of the disc by simply asking
the collegian to do a gold-fish
swallowing act with it) . . .
YORKE-VILLIAN: They’re tell
ing this one about a riot that
flared in Yorkeville, America’s Su
detenland. . . A Jew precipitated
the riot by posting in the window
of his place of business a sign
reading: “I’d rather do business
with 100 Nazis than with one
Jew.” . . . His place of business,
it should be explained, was a fu
neral parlor. . .
MOVIE: A famous JTA dis
patch, filed by Victor M. Bernstein
from Vienna shortly after Ansch
luss, has been immortalized in
gelatin. . . The movie “The Man
I Married,” featuring Francis Led
erer, Joan Bennett and Lloyd No
lan, includes a scene based on the
incident involving General Emil
Sommer, Austrian Jewish war he
ro, and a band of Nazi brown
shirts who had been impressing
Jews for streetwashing duties in
Vienna. . . Sommer, it will be re
called, showed up for the task ar
rayed in his full uniform and med
als. . \ The movie version of the
incident, which was featured in
newspapers throughout the coun
try and dramatized over the radio
at the time, is laid in the Czech
quarter of Berlin, however, and
also differs in its denouement. . .
The dispatch had reported the
brownshirts retreating in confu
sion before the spectacle of the
bemedalled general in uniform. . .
The movie shows the general ac
tually being forced to wash the
sidewalks. . .
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" Relieioui Newi Service 1
By CYRIL A. SMACK
Let me speak to the people whose wide open eyes
Might have seen what was coming on earth.
Let me speak to the people who might have been wise
In encouraging justice and worth.
Let me sing, as a dirge, over frail, little things
Children, slain in the sand and the sod; ;
This the death for our babies the dictator brings,
In defiance of justice and God.
Peace is never attained by the forfeit of right,
For the blackmailer’s gluttony grows.
And the bully is prone to exult in the plight
Os the fools who submit to his blows.
All our fathers obtained with their wisdom and grit
We can cast to the winds in a breath.
Men and nations go mad, but the sane can’t submit,
' Or their choice is but madness or death.
There’s a rotten heart growing. It kills as it grows
Chokes the good as it spreads on the earth. m
If it lives and you live, as the calendar goes,
Tell me, what will survival be worth?
A nonenity then, you will do as you’re told.
You will wish you had dared to go down with the bold,
As you fawn, with the vile and the dumb.
Let the good of our manhood and womanhood rise
And assail all that threatens life’s best.
Let our pledge be, “We’ll battle till Tyranny dies.
It shall know neither comfort or rest.”
Not for long shall the plunderers pillage and take.
We’ll emerge from this horrible night.
Let the perjurers pause; let the murderers quake,
For humanity rises to fight.
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