Article about Goldman's lecture on the imminent dangers of fascism
"Finds Hitler and Cohorts World's Greatest Menace: Emma Goldman Calls upon Masses to Aid Germans Destroy Monster Dictator at Hygeia Hall" Article, Part 1 of 2
"Finds Hitler and Cohorts World's Greatest Menace: Emma Goldman Calls upon Masses to Aid Germans Destroy Monster Dictator at Hygeia Hall."
Declaring Hitler and his "cohorts" to be the world's greatest menace, Emma Goldman told an audience in Hygeia Hall last night that they are all either mental defectives, sexual perverts or vicious criminal types. With such men in control of Germany's power, she asked how could the result be anything but tragic not only for Germany herself but for all the world. Fascism is guilty of heinous crimes, it's leaders in Italy are like the others, but compared to Hitler and his associates, they are gentlemen, she said.
Mrs. Goldman proceeded to consider each of Hitler's chief aides. Speaking of each in turn she denounced them in scathing terms as not only unfit for the positions which they hold as menaces to the world generally.
"Goering was once found in the streets of Stockholm, a raving maniac, firing revolver shots into a frenzied crowd," Miss Goldman told her audience. "At a hospital they found he had gone mad because his favorite drug had run out. He had to be out into a straight jacket."
Miss Goldman was certain that Goering was the worst of Hitler's cohorts. "His enforced cure in Sweden did him very little good," she said. "Since then every speech he makes and his dastardly behavior prove that Goering is dangerous. He should not be given the power of life and death over 65,000,000 people."
Hitler himself, Miss Goldman described in the terms of a German writer as a man of "low forehead, small shifting eyes, his cultivated moustache [sic] accentuating his weak mouth. He has the voice of an hysterical woman."
"Hitler began his life as a perfectly good house painter," the famous anarchist stated. "The world might have had some use for him if he had stuck to house painting.
During the war, in which Hitler fought, he excelled only in dodging danger, she alleged. It was only with the revolution that his great chance came. Appointed a secret service agent at that time, he has steadily taken more and more power into his own hands.
"Finds Hitler and Cohorts World's Greatest Menace: Emma Goldman Calls upon Masses to Aid Germans Destroy Monster Dictator at Hygeia Hall" Article, Part 2 of 2
Could Have Stopped Him
"Hitler could have been stopped at a psychological moment," was the speaker's passionate avowal, "but the republic had been faint-hearted from the beginning. It let him slip away. Now it is safe to say he has achieved far beyond his fondest dreams. He was instrumental in stabbing the revolution and Germany-to death."
"Goebels had a Jewish teacher," she said, "but once he became entrenched in the Nazi government he forgot his teacher and turned against the Jews. He neither forgot nor forgave those German writers who forgot Goebels. He is a worthy campanion to Hitler."
Roust, German minister of education, was described by Miss Goldman as the greatest comedy of Nazi Socialism.
"Now he has the power to subdue Germany's great creative artists. Heinrich Mann, Stefan Zweig and the others must now roam the earth as exiles because of him. Do you need a more horrible commentary on Hitler and his cohorts?" the speaker demanded.
"Rosenberg is the theoretician of Nazi Socialism," Miss Goldman said, "and the most relentless anti-Semite."
Thanks to the British Liberal press, Rosenberg was hindered from forming a conspiracy against Russian with Deterding, the oil magnate, Miss Goldman charged.
The most vicious of "Hitler's rogue's gallery" in Miss Goldman's opinion, is Heines, police head of Bresiau.
"After the way he joined an evil band in Silesia," she related. "He used to amuse himself by luring his victims to a secluded spot where he would torture them by the most sadistic methods. Finally he would fire bullet after bullet into their heads."
Pointing to War
Speaking of Ley, the minister of labor, Miss Goldman referred to him as "an ill-smelling flower indeed." She pointed to his alleged poor character in the town in which he was born and charged that he had been arrested for printing a paper which traded on scandal.
Everything in Germany points to war, she asserted.
"The one who personifies the spirit pf Blood and War is none other than Roehn, the minister for war. He has only one intent, to bring about the war of revenge. He it was who was able to combine the militia, Reichsweir, Steel Helmets and Nazi troopers. He now had 3,00,000 men whom he can must up," she declared.
"Does it now occur to you that the conferences between Ramsey MacDonald and the French premier as to whether they can allow Germany an army of 100,000 are mere childish prattle?" she added.
It cannot be doubted that Nazi Socialism is the greatest menace to the civilization of to-day, Miss Golgman continued. The question arises, how to stop it. Certainly in her opinion the "spoutings" of the League of Nations will not do it.
"The masses alone hold the key to the situation," she said. "They can control the danger of national socialism and fascism only when they become conscious of it. War means loot and material gain to nations. But it, too, can be controlled by the masses.
"You must all lead support to the German people that will arise and destroy the monster Hitler," cried Miss Goldman in conclusion.
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