A history of national socialism by Konrad Heiden

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He was no honest plodder, no quiet worker, but an agitator, and one who understood the art of mass-excitation almost better than Hitler himself. Hitler spoke on the “Jewish question” picturesquely and often with a certain popular jocoseness; but Esser would discover that a Jewish shoemaker had illegally obtained a seven-roomed house in Munich. By describing the wretched man’s luxurious mode of living, he roused his ill-clad audience, many of whom were still living on their food-cards, to fury. He was the archetype of the “spit-fire” orator.

22. We demand the abolition of the professional army and the formation of a national army. “23. We demand that legal action be taken against those who propagate what they know to be political lies and disseminate them Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 08:49 29 August 2012 The Origins of National Socialism 17 by means of the Press. In order to make possible the creation of a German Press, we demand that: “(a) All editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the German language shall be German citizens.

There were, of course, at times disturbances and contradiction, when the Socialist leaders were designated as a treasonous mob who had been bribed by the Jews. But it never went beyond the normal, and was very far from being a systematic terrorization of meetings. THE RIVALS Actually the worst enemy of the bourgeois agitation at that time was the National Socialist German Workers Party itself. As yet it did not break up bourgeois meetings, but it remorselessly bore down its weaker rivals. Dr. Gerlich, the bourgeois editor of the Münchener Neueste Nachrichten, now a determined antagonist of the Nazi Party, at that time invented the phrase that describes Marxism in its present polemical sense as the sum-total of Socialists combined under the International, whether Majority Social Democrats, Independents, or Communists.

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