GARETH REPORTING ON HITLER
THE WESTERN MAIL AND SOUTH WALES NEWS,
March 2nd, 1933
LOOKS AT EUROPE (xii)
WORSHIP OF HITLER
of National Eisteddfod at Political Meeting
By GARETH JONES
hours the biggest hall in Germany has been packed with 25,000 people for
whom Hitler is the saviour of his nation.
waiting, tense with national fervour. Five cars are now rushing
towards the hall. In the first sits Hitler; in the next two open
cars are the stalwart bemedalled bodyguards; then comes our car with
Hitler’s secretary. The hall is surrounded by Brown Shirts.
Wherever we go the shout resounds, “Heil, Hitler!” and hundreds of
outstretched bands greet us. We dash up the steps after Hitler and
enter the ante-chamber.
within we hear roar upon roar of applause and the thumping and the blare
of a military band and the thud of marching, feet. The door leading
to the platform opens and two of us step on to the platform. I have
never seen such a mass of people; such a display of flags, up to the top
of the high roof; such deafening roars. It is primitive, mass worship.
the broad gangway Nazi troops are marching with banners, and as each-new
banner comes there is another round of shouting. Steel Helmets now
march in with the old Imperial and regimental flags, symbolic of the
rebirth of militarism.
Hitler comes. Pandemonium! Twenty-five thousand people jump to
their feet. Twenty-five thousand bands are outstretched. The.
“Heil, Hitler,” shout is overwhelming. The people are drunk with
nationalism. It is hysteria. Hitler steps forward. Two
adjutants take off his Brown coat. There is a hush.
begins in a calm, deep voice, which gets louder and louder, higher and
higher. He loses his calmness and trembles in his excitement.
In the beginning of his speech his arms are folded and he seems hunched
up, but when he is carried away he stretches out his arms and he seems to
grow in stature.
the rulers of Germany in the past fourteen years. The applause is
tremendous. He accuses them of corruption. Another round of
enthusiasm. He whips the Socialists for having vilified German
culture. He appeals for the union of Nationalism with Socialism.
He calls for the end of class warfare. When he shouts, “The future
belongs to the young Germany which has arisen,” the 25,000 hearers leap
to their feet, stretch out their right hands and roar: “Heil, Hitler!
A Comparison With Lloyd
emotion of the National Eisteddfod exaggerated multifold. Imagine
the Welsh national feeling responding to Mr. Lloyd George and add to
bitterness of defeat, the depth of humiliation which, Germany has gone
through; the painful poverty of the middle class, the sufferings through
inflation, the rankling injustice of the War Guilt Clause and savage
political hatred, and a picture of the Hitler crowd is there.
speech of Mr. Lloyd George. Take away the wit, take away the
intellectual play, the gift of colour, the literary and Biblical allusions
of the Welsh statesman. Add a louder voice, less varied in tone, a
more unbroken stretch of emotional appeal, more demagogy, and you have
Hitler. Hitler has less light and shade than Mr. Lloyd George.
He has less variety of gesture. Hitler’s main motion is to point
out his right hand, which trembles. He is without the smile and the
sharp glance of Mr. Lloyd George without his hush and sudden drop of the
Lloyd George is more of an artist and knows that life is not all emotion
or All tragedy. He lightens a grave speech with humour, as
Shakespeare brings in the comedy of life in the porters’ scene in “Macbeth”.
Hitler is pure tragedy or heightened melodrama, and reminds one of
Schiller’s “Robbers”. His only comic relief is bitter irony.
Mr. Lloyd George has a wider scale and as in a Beethoven symphony,
makes lighter mood follow or precede a tragic part. Hitler is the
Wagner of oratory, a master in repeating the leitmotiv in many varied
forms, and the leitmotiv is “The Republican régime in Germany has
betrayed you. Our day of retribution has come.” His use of
the brass instruments of oratory is Wagnerian, and he thunders out his
resounding blows against Bolshevism and against democracy.
“We Shall Do Our Duty”
Mr. Lloyd George is more complex and more subtle and a speech of his is
kaleidoscopic, changing in tone and colour from one moment to another,
Hitler is more uniform, and his oratory is in colour one blazing red which
makes the people mad.
orators know their audiences, and Hitler’s speech is the speech for
nationalist German. He has now ended with the words: “I shall
complete the work which I began fourteen years ago as an unknown soldier,
for which I have struggled as leader of the party and for which I stand
to-day as Chancellor of Germany. We shall do our duty.”
Again the hall resounds. He marches out and we follow into the
ante-chamber. He is wet with perspiration. From the hall we
hear 25,000 voices singing “Deutschland uber Alles.”
rush to the car. As we step out of the hall we see thousands of
blazing torches, and we drive through an avenue of Brown Storm Troops,
each man of which holds his torch in the left hand and stretches out his
right hand in adoration to the leader, Adolf Hitler.
the manifestation of Fascism in Germany. With the shouts of “Heil;
Hitler,” resounding in my ears I prepare to leave Germany, the land
where dictatorship has just begun, and to go to the land of the
dictatorship of the working class. From the country of Fascism I now
go to the home of Bolshevism. In a few days’ time I shall be on my way
Berlin across the Polish Corridor, East Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, until
I enter the territory of Soviet Russia.
Europe of 1933 has seen the birth the Hitler dictatorship in Germany.
will it see in the Soviet Union?
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