I took a lot of cyberfire overnight on my post comparing Nazi opposition propaganda to Michael Moore. Just to be clear, I am not making any moral equivalence between racist Nazis bent on a war of conquest, and suicidal pacifists who seek to Stop War and End Racism. The most basic problem I have with Moore and (my many liberal friends who like him) is that they are so dumb when it comes to history, that they don’t realize that half their talking points are straight out of the propaganda of the people they most hate.
The essence of the Nazi message, beyond the theme of anti-Semitism, was (a) a lack of interest in dialogue and compromise, (b) a tendency to dehumanize, humiliate, and threaten their perceived enemies, (c) virulent opposition to mainstream democratic politics, (d) an absolute sense of morally self-righteous anger (the most dangerous of all political qualities), and (e) wild conspiracy theories which accused decent politicians of not only corruption, but also treason, accusing them of being beholden to a vast international Jewish banking conspiracy, to which all democracies were supposedly vulnerable. Replace “Jewish banking money” with “Saudi oil money” and what political group in America today does this remind you of?
Here’s an exercise. The following comes to me from a Corner reader, who pointed me towards a website that collects some of the propaganda of the Nazi opposition period . It is a news story from an official Nazi Party paper in Westphalia, which ran the year before Hitler came to power. It accuses a local Jewish businessman of being a second “Jakob Goldscmidt,” who had attained in the eyes of right-wing Germans the status that Saudi-princes-with-links-to-the-Bush-family have reached for left-wing Americans. Imagine, as you read this story, that the “Jews” are “Saudis,” von Papen is Bush, Goldscmitt is Prince Bandr Bin-Sultan, the Georg Hirschland Bank is the Carlyle Group, the Coal Syndicate is Saudi ARAMCO, Hirschfeld is some other Saudi prince, and the debate over the Dawes Plan is the debate over the Iraq war. When you then realize that you are looking at a partial plot summary of Farenheit 9/11, you will then see my point, in Technicolor. Imagine, as you read it, that you have Moore’s “dark conspiracy” mood music playing in the background.
Jakob Goldschmidt II
Banker Hirschland-Essen, Papen’s Party Whip in the Industrial Region
How Hirschland Pulls the Strings of Papen’s Propaganda
Coal Syndicate and Gelsenkirchen Mine
(From our Essen office). Essen. 27 October. Although the leading men of the chambers of commerce in the Rhine-Ruhr area present themselves as “nationally” minded, nearly all have openly supported Papen’s [Papen was the current chancellor] unsocial policies. The Essen Chamber of Industry and Commerce supported the Papen regime at a large general meeting. They did have a few suggestions, but stressed that they were in no way a criticism of Papen’s great accomplishments.
The Essen Chamber of Commerce has never been willing to criticize any government. One example suffices: During the Reichstag debate on the Dawes Plan [an international agreement on German World War I reparations] , this group send a telegram to the government that stated: “We do not only support the Dawes Plan, we demand the Dawes Plan.” The chamber was in a frenzy about the Dawes Plan, and supported it throughout the district.
It really should have been a bit more careful, for the main proponent of the chamber’s Dawes Plan frenzy was
the Georg Hirschland Bank
(owner: Simon Hirschfeld). It has a branch in New York, and all the banks were in a frenzy about the Dawes Plan because it involved a loan of 400 million marks, from which both German and American banks earned money. Hirschland is a Jew, a notary, one who aspires to the upper class, and the little Joseph Goldschmidt of the west. Goldschmidt drew as many high officials and politicians as he could into his net by loaning them money for speculative purposes. The result was that when his empire collapsed, the politicians saw to it that the uncovered ( i.e., vanished) assets were guaranteed by the Reich, which meant the taxpayers paid for this rotten speculation.
Hirschland, too, understood how to secure important people as customers. For example, he made an enormous loan to a director of the Coal Syndicate. As the shares sank, his debts grew. Three months ago, he had to give up all his cash, his house, his car, his horses, in short all he had, worth about a million marks. He is still deeply in debt to Hirschland, and half of his salary will go directly to Hirschland for many years.
According to the press in Essen, J., the first director of the coal syndicate, is also indebted to Hirschland as the result of speculation. It is therefore no surprise that the coal syndicate does a large percentage of its business with Hirschland, which the other banks are complaining about.
Hirschland, however, is the chief of Papen’s propaganda in Essen, particularly in the chamber of commerce. He is supported by numerous other Jews and half Jews: Cosmann, Simon-Dölken, Freudenberg, etc.
Unfortunately, no one knows how many other members of the chamber of commerce are secretly in Hirschland’s debt. One does know that the banks almost forced leading corporate directors to engage in speculation. Many made heavy investments in their own firms to increase their control, and thus were drawn into the financial collapse. The deceased general director Winkhaus (of Hoesch, Neuessen) lost almost his whole fortune after he borrowed money to purchase shares in Hoesch, although it is not clear if he borrowed the money from Hirschland. In any event, the curse of the stock market is once again proven.
The chairman of the Essen Chamber of Commerce, Tenglemann, however, is general director of the Gelsenkirchen Mine, the majority ownership of which passed from Flick to the Reich. The Reich is already sending a commissioner (from Flortow) to Essen to examine the salaries of high officials from Gelsenberg, Tengelmann and all the other directors are fully dependent on the Papen government. It is therefore no surprise that the Essen chamber of commerce, under Tenglemann’s lead, praises Herr von Papen. But that means nothing to the people.
The German people can see from this, and many more, examples how Jewish-capitalistic channels make public relations fir Herr von Papen’s government. On 6 November, the working people of the Ruhr will see to it that people like Hirschland and Goldschmidt will not only be made incapable of further harm to the productive German economy, but that they also will be finished once and for all.