More Animated And More Interesting
Germany Grimly Satisfied With France And Spain
From a Special Correspondent
Here, in the old city of Nuremberg, the Annual Nazi Congress is meeting once mare.
Much has happened in Europe since the last Congress, the principal events, of course, being Germany's resignation from the League of Nations and the reoccupation of the Rhineland. Both events created their own particular sensation at the time. Feelings ran high ; suspicion and fear crept in, and there were many who thought that the latter event was likely to prove another " match," lighting the " fires " of a dreaded European War. But, once more, time has softened the impression of these events.
This year's Congress, however, is more than interesting, if mly for the events mentioned above, and the present troubled state A Europe.
The visit of Mr. Lloyd George to Germany, where he has had two interviews with the Fiihrer, is also significant. Whilst it is appreciated that the usual diplomatic courses must be followed in International affairs, this does not prevent anyone with a thirst for knowledge and a genuine desire to do good, stepping in, without commitment, to do what he can to improve relations between the two countries.
The old city presented the same appearrice, but if anything, there was much more nimation, if that is possible, after last ear's events. Naturally, the congress and te couhtry occupied much more space pon the world's " stage " than last year. By the time this appears, the 1936 Event ',' will be over, " extracts " of the v-eches will have been reported in the :ritish press. . What is the reaction to these speeches
and events amongst the German people, the millions who " listened in" or read the lekigthy reports of them in the German press? The opinions gathered are that Herr Hitler's first day proclamation was c nvincing enough to all the world, and his facts and figures given regarding the progress of the country since 1933 were reassuring.
Fewer Unemployed Evidence of the reduction of the unem.oyed can be seen upon all sides, in the :sults of labour : new roads, new buildgs, new factories, new flats.. Satan has iund little for " idle " hands to do-here. he percentage of unemployed is low. The yulation is nearer seventy million now an sixty-five.
As in England, there appears to be more oney spent.
Whether this prosperity is lasting or not mains to be seen. The people everyhere are not so serious as last year. There more happiness, less fear, more confence. ' This opinion is confirmed by iose of us who were at the Congress last tar.
The second day Dr. Goebels's speech is the outstanding feature. The general Anion is that his speech was " fine." He ve chapter and verse on Bolshevism, in eory and practice. The Germans have, r the last few years, been very consistent this snbject.
Naturally, this year, without saying " We Id you so " they can point to unfortunate ents in Spain and France as a justificam of their fears and their fight against mimunism. Their slogan is: " Gerany the:eastern outpost of Europe against mimunism." They think, and with jusication. Germany will be the object of e first mass attack.
Dr. Goebels wound up his speech with is sentence: " The Party watches over our safety at home and the army over our safety on
the frontiers. But both obey with joy and determination the orders of the one man who stands before us as the outpost of his own people and the pioneer of a better. sincerer, nobler and happier Europe."
This is not so much a " one man show" people would imagine. As far as eecties go, there are able supporters. err Rosenberg, in dealing with The ecisivc International Struggle, said that itilst the best of the youth of the world !re devoting themselves to a great ideal peace in chivalrous contests in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, many countries —even Greece where the Games originated —were convulsed by frightful social and political curses. Germany, years ago realising the true menace of Europe, was and remains steady during these troublesome times.
Rosenberg concluded his speech with these significant words: "We are convinced that if every Nation will recognise its duty to the past and to the future in its own way. by taking bold action, the Bolshevist menace can even now be averted. We in Germany are proud that our ' Fiihrer' and our movement are more than a match for Bolshevism and the Jewish criminals. We solemnly promise that these destructive forces will never raise their heads again in Germany as long as we and our descendants live."
To those who live in Great Britain it is only fair to point out that Germany is geographically nearer this great country or continent of Russia than we are. The Germans, for their own safety, have studied The Russian question—their Eastern frontiers; the struggle of Russia in aeroplanes and submarines, etc., and the.Russian five year " Plans." They are convinced that Bolshevism is Europe's real peril, apart from a diplomatic rupture. Communism is, they say, behind everything.
The Hitler Youth Day
Saturday's event at the Stadium was one of the most picturesque of the Congress. Thousands of both sexes lined up in battalions in the centre, with the sloping stands occupied in symmetrical formation, many of the boys in sailor suits and white caps, the girls in white blouses, the youth in khaki or brown shirts.
There was a call of the fanfares and a band composed of 500 Hitler Youths; a chorus of 3,600 youths singing " Our lives are dedicated solely to freedom," one verse sung by the girls and the last verse by the 50,000 Youths assembled; then Hitler appeared. His arrival was greeted with thunderous applause.
Speaking Without Notes
A youth chants " A Young Nation Awakes." Hitler steps forward In his left hand is a card bearing a few notes, not however referred to once during his speech. He has improved since last year. Beginning with a deliberate undertone, he gradually develops his " theme " with his usual gestures—pointing the finger, and raising the forearms. Occasionally when referring to his work or his past efforts, he touches his chest. Then, after he has stopped applause by a wave of the hand, he reaches his periodical pauses and the thunder of applause breaks out.
His most popular sentences were: " When I see you I feel we did not fight in yam •" (i.e., during and after the War).
" We must achieve it. We must build up a new German people." This was applauded to the echo. After the speech he descends to the centre of the arena and slowly marches around each sector, greeting the leaders in charge, from all over Germany.