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HOW GERMANY HATES.

We have bad a good deal of literature telling of tbe allies' point of view in the present struggle, and tbe publi oation of the German White Paper gave us tbe German official expla nation of tbe causes of the war; but apart from stray reference in the cablegrams, tittle bas been said about tbe mental attitude of tbe press and the public in Germany. Therefore, a section of Dr Fitehett's history of tbe month, in "Life" for January, devoted to this special subject will be welcomed Dr Fitchett points out that in Germany, as elsewhere, the news paper counts for much in moulding publio opinion. ' "And it must always be re membered," he adds, "that German newspapers have a special function. Tbey are, in a sense, part of the machinery of Government. There are very few newspapers that do not obey the direct or indirect inspiration of the Press Department of the Wilhelmstrasse, which has-been, since the days of Bismarck, one of the most important departments in the German Foreign Qffiiee, directed and manned by Government servants specially _c lected for the work.

"So the German papers are encouraged to express 'popular' views about tbe war ; views which all good citizens of the Fatherland entertain or ought to entertain about tbe merit and triumph of everything' German, and the wickedness and fast coming ruin of everything non German; and tbe result is the creation of a very curious literature. It opens to the reader a world of hate, of disguised fears, or furious aspirations, and of quite astonishing ignorance—rail struggling to find utterance."

In half a dozen pages Dr, Fitohett i gives a capital selection of extracts j from tbe German press exhibiting ail these qualities, and showing how in dustriously and thoroughly the seeds of hatred against Great Britain are being sown. This is indeed the dominant note in the newspaper literature of Germany to-day. But Dr. Fitohett holds that "when the tumult of the present war has died into silence, and the sky of the race has - been cleansed from the battle smoke that now dar kens it, facts will be seen in clear out line, and the hates bred of war will die."

•This department of " Life" for January, which we have emphasised by quotation, i 3 only one section of a wonderfully, full, bright and informa tive issue of that always good maga c.

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HOW GERMANY HATES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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HOW GERMANY HATES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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