JONES' REPORTING ON HITLER
As much as Gareth
Jones is being honoured again
by Ukrainians for his exposure of the 1932-33 Famine-Genocide in the Soviet
Union, one should remember that he initially first made his journalistic
name covering the rise of the Nazi Party from 1930-34. His independent
articles even foresaw the oncoming of the Second World War over the Danzig
Corridor as early as July 1931, in an article for The Contemporary
Being fluent in German (as well as Russian),
Gareth wrote for the then much respected & liberal Berliner Tageblatt,
and was afforded the privilege of an invitation to be the first foreign
journalist to fly with Hitler on 23 February 1933 , less than a
month after Hitler was appointed Chancellor and just four days before the fire
at the Reichstag.
Gareth's first article described the experience of this flight, for The
Western Mail, is one of the most graphic and poignant of his career
and is transcribed below.
Hitler Across Germany - a fascinating account of flying in
Hitler's plane 'Richthofen'
of German Fascism - relates his impressions of Goebbels.
Worship of Hitler - where Gareth describes attending a Nazi Rally
at Frankfurt with Hitler's entourage. He then compares and contrasts
the oratory of Hitler and Lloyd George.
Gareth prophetically ends
his last article, before entering the Soviet Union with:
"The Europe of 1933 has seen the birth the Hitler dictatorship in Germany.
What will it see in the Soviet Union?"
In fact, his
this turbulent period of Germany's history (available online by clicking
here) are in many respects much better crafted than his later factual
reports from the Soviet Union.