A German Ace Tells Why: From Kaiserdom To Hitlerism by Leonhard Guenther, Frederick May Eliot

By Leonhard Guenther, Frederick May Eliot

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Well, Marie, my young wife, would like it, although I try my utmost to convince her that all of us will be ruined if Hitler comes to power . She says : "Let's give him a chance . " That is now the attitude of many many people . April 10, 1932 For a second time Hindenburg has been elected Reichspresident . He has won a 19/13 majority against Hitler . Hindenburg did not support the Hitler party or the old conservative party ; he supported the Bruening government . Thus the old hero has shown another great example of faith toward the republican constitution to which he has sworn allegiance .

The musicians, social-democratic union men, played it with enthusiasm. Almost everybody joined in the "hurrah" for the deserter from Doorn . Finally a greeting was wired to him . I left the association earlier than my other col- [411 A German Ace Tells Why leagues intending to give up my membership . My father has just warned me not to do it. " He reminded me of the story which is being told about King August of Saxonia, who, leaving his capital in November, 1918, and going into exile was cheered and greeted at the railway station by a large crowd.

Today is Sunday, and Marie and I took our usual stroll through the nearby mountains . While dining in a little restaurant we overheard a conversation. Two men, beautifully spoken, and apparently highly educated, criticized German military conscription in serious and bitter words, and I must confess that some of their arguments struck [60] From Kaiserdom To Hitlerism me. They foresaw the inevitable outbreak of a future war in spite of Hitler's promises to the contrary. Marie became so excited about their views that she might have called for a policeman to arrest them, had they not, fortunately, suddenly revealed their identity as Austrian citizens who had been educated in Berlin and who, therefore, did not speak with an Austrian accent .

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