WESTERN MAIL & SOUTH WALES NEWS , June 25th 1934
FEAR OF AN ECONOMIC STORM
By GARETH JONES
days ago I sat In a German train opposite a Storm Troop leader, and as we sped
towards the south I asked him: “What of the future?”
drew himself up, pointed to his black, white and red swastika armband and shouted:
swastika is going to be the symbol of Socialism as well as of nationalism.
The future lies with us people of the Left, and the day will come when we shall
sweep away the accursed remnants of the capitalists who are still ruling
Germany. The revolution is not yet at an end. The money-makers, the
big bankers, the manufacturers who live by crushing the poor have to be
mercilessly crushed. And we shall do it!”
GOAL STILL DISTANT
Storm Troop leader was typical of many hundreds of thousands of Nazis throughout
the country who see that, although Germany has been immersed in a bath of the
most thoroughgoing nationalism, the goal of Socialism is as distant as ever.
They note that Dr. Schacht is still President of the Reichsbank, that a Right
Wing Nationalist- Dr. Schmidt-is still Economic Minister, and that the finances
of the land are controlled by a representative of the old ruling class-Count
Schwerin von Krosigk.
see that the large department stores of Berlin and the provincial cities,
against which they directed their most savage attacks, are still open and
underselling the little man in his little shop. They grumble when they
hear that their enemy, the aristocratic Prussian landowner, has not lost a
single yard of territory and is as firmly entrenched in the Reichswehr as ever.
at the capitalist domination in Germany, these Nazis of the Left Wing-or
National Bolsheviks, as they are sometimes called-are revolting against the
Right Wing. Among them are many men who have about as little sympathy for
National Socialism as a Berlin rabbi has; they are men who are purely Communist
in their outlook and who have merely joined the Storm Troops for the sake of
personal safety and advancement. Rumour has it that many troops are mainly
composed of Communists, and a recent joke tells of two former Red Front fighters
who met in a street. Each wore a brand new Nazi uniform.
do you like it in your Storm Troop?” asked one.
replied the other. “All the men are just people after our heart.
There’s only one fellow I don’t like, and he’s the storm troop-leader.
As matter of fact, I believe he is a Nazi!”
there is discontent among the left wing Germans there is fear among the
moderates. This fear is mainly economic, and during my visit this month I
was surprised at the frankness with which people expressed their forebodings of
evil days to come.
Berlin I learned that numbers of people were now buying clothes and boots and
other goods for two reasons. The first was that they believed the mark
would fall and prices soar; the second that Germany might be cut oft
economically from the rest of the world, as a result of which it would be
difficult to import wool and other raw materials.
this happened, the argument ran, the quality of German goods would decline and
consumers would have to be content with the substitute wares of War days.
gravity of the export situation was realised by everybody. How often did I
hear in Hamburg the words: “This great port is dead!”
the drying up of foreign currency resources was accepted as the proof that a
grave economic storm was threatening and might break very soon.
WHAT HITLER HAS DONE
German crisis is grave, and popular disillusion is considerable. Nevertheless,
Hitler has recognized many factors on his side. It is recognized that he
has restored order to public life and that he has put an end to the political
murders which were a stain on German life. He has in the view of millions
of Germans – banished the spectre of Bolshevism. He has, through the
German Youth, the Labour Camps, and the storm troops contributed to the health,
sturdiness, and discipline of the nation. He has gained the respect of
many by his person loyalty to friends. He has abolished the petty
differences between Saxons and Bavarians, Württembergers and Prussians.
even the discontented Germans realise that the only alternatives to Hitlerism
are a dictatorship based upon the bayonets of Reichswehr or a civil war.
in the present German crisis the factors on Hitler’s side should not be