(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) The advancing U.S. army announced their findings from interviews they conducted with surrendered Germans who live in Roetgen — the first town in Germany to fall under American control:
United States Army interrogators interviewing a cross section of Germans in the small town of Roetgen established that a very small percentage of the German population condemn the persecution of the Jews on moral grounds, a New York Times war correspondent, Clifton Daniel, reported today from the headquarters of the U. S. First Army.
The group questioned consisted of thirty men and women of all ages and income groups picked from the several thousand residents of Roetgen. Asked, among other things, about their attitude towards the Nazi policy of anti-Semitism, they invariably declared that Hitler’s greatest mistake was the persecution of the Jews.
When asked why, the interrogators report, the Germans usually say that the Jews are a very powerful “nation” and that, with great financial and political influence, they are dangerous enemies.
“Only five of all the people interviewed condemned the persecution of the Jews on moral grounds,” the correspondent cabled. He added that “Just as they disclaimed personal responsibility for the mistreatment of Jews, most of the people interviewed in Roetgen claimed to be utterly ignorant of the atrocities committed by German troops in foreign countries.”
So in other words, the German people agreed with Hitler about Jewish power and influence — but they think he greatly under-estimated just how powerful and destructive the Jews actually were — as they watched their nation reduced to a smoldering ruin.
These surrendered Germans had concluded that Jews were a lot more powerful and dangerous than Hitler led them to believe — he knew that Jews wielded great influence in Britain and America — but he found out only too late the full extent of it.
Hitler and the National Socialists seem to have sincerely believed that they would prevail because they had the Truth on their side — and that their fellow Anglo-Saxons in the West would eventually realize Germans were not their enemy — the Jews were.
Goebbels — the Minister of Propaganda — admitted during the war that they were losing the propaganda war by telling the truth — and that Britain won this war of words by telling The Big Lie:
“The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”
And the Americans may have been more susceptible to The Big Lie because they were more naive and religious — more influenced by cynical Jewish appeals to their supposed universalist “judeo-Christian” values.
But these U.S. Army interviews also showed that the vast majority of the German people — unlike the Americans — did not see persecution of the Jews as “immoral” — rather they saw it merely as a strategic error.
Could the National Socialists have come to power, defeated communism, and won the war without directly confronting the Jewish Question?
The German people seemed to think so — or is that only because they lost?