Herr Hitler's November 9 Speech
From Our German Correspondent November 9 is a national holiday in Germany, not, of course, is remembrance of November 9, 1918, when the Kaiser resigned and Germany became a Republic —that " date of shame and dishonour"
must be forgotten for ever but in honour of November 9, 1923, when Hitler tried a rising against the Republican authorities and was defeated. The sixteen men who were then killed by the police have become national heroes. Last year their " resurrection " was celebrated, and their coffins were brought to the Kinziglicher Platin Munich where their grave monuments constitute the holiest strine of National Socialism, the so-called Ewige Wache ("Eternal Guard ").
This year again, the historical march of 1923 was reconstructed. The veterans of Hitlerism marched ie the same order as they did then, with Julius Streicher in (Continued in next column.) front. Hitler made a long speech, which was relayed by all German wireless stations in which the Fiihrer declared that in 1923 he and his friends wanted to overthrow the Government at whatever cost, in order to defeat Bolshevism. That is hard to understand, because in November, 1923, the Bavarian Government was a Conservative, strongly anti-Communist Cabinet and the Reich Government was headed by Herr Stresemann, who was all but a Bolshevist.
The night before this celebration a solemn ceremony was held in honour of the sixteen victims of the 1923 rising. Hitler made a speech in which he described Germany's rearmament as the biggest achievement of National Socialism.
In 1923 Germany was despised throughout the world. To-day she has become strong and respected. There are some voices which say that the Germans are no longer as much liked abroad as they used to be.
"It does not matter to me." Adolf Hider stated, " whether I am liked abroad. I am quite satisfied to know that my people love me. From abroad I want nothing but respect. For three years we have been working night and day to arm our country. We are animated by peaceful feelings, but we are also prepared to defend ourselves to the utmost. We approach very difficult times. Germany will in no rase accept any compulsion; she will never let herself be defeated. The hour. when we shall have to defend ourselves against the Jewish and Bolshevist red attacks, may come sooner than we think now."