GERMAN'S INDICTMENT OF GERMANY.
SCATHING SPEECH BY BANKER
GRIEVOUSLY ASHAMED OF LAND
OF HIS BIRTH. NEW 'YORK, Deo. 17. Mr. Otto H. Kahn, principal partner ; n the international banking house of Kahu, Loeb and Co., and himself a native of Germany, delivered the follow'in r remarkable speech at a great. Red Cross mass meeting at the New York Hippodrome, last night: — "1 do not apologise for, nor am I ashamed of, my German birth, but I am ashamed, bitterly and grievously ashamed, of, the Germany which stands convicted before the high tribunal .of tha world V public - opinion of having planned and willed this war of 'revolting deedg committed m Belgium an<: Northern France, of the infamy of the Lrsitania murders, of innumerable violations 6f Hague Conventions and the law of nations, of abominable and perfidious platting m friendly countries and shameless abuse of their hospitality, of crime heaped upon crime m hideous defiance of the law s of God and man.
"I cherish memories of my youth, but the.**e very memories make me cry out m o;iin and wrath against those who have befouled and discredited the spiritual soil of the old Germany m which they were rooted. Long before the war I liad, aome to look upon Prussianism as inioiigst tho deadliest of poison growths tint over sprang from the .soil of the spirit of man OUTLAW' AMONG NATIONS.
"There are some of you, probably', who will still find it hard to believe that the Germany you know call be guilty of the crimes which have made it an outlaw 1 amongst the nations, but do yoii know Germany? Unless ;you have been there within the last 25. years, not once nor twice, but at regular intervals, unless you have looked below the glittering surface of marvellous material progress and achievement, and seen how the soil of Germany is being -■ eaten away by the virulent poison of Prussianism, unless you •"have watched and followed tho appalling transformation of German mentality and morality under the sinister and puissant influence of the priesthood of power-wovship, you do not know Germany of this day and generation, the Germany which has brought upon the. world the immeasurable disaster of this war, and at whose monstrous deeds and doctrines the civilised nations of the earth stand acrliast, started into being lees than 30 yoars ago. 'I can almost, lay my finger upon the date and circumstances of its ill-omened advent. And finally there came 'The Day' m which 'The 'New Course' fatally and inevitably was bound to culminate, -'id with rejoicing they greeted 'The 'It waa to bring them, as one German m ,-in important position here expressed ■to mn m 1914, 'n merry war and victory l."'.f<->'-« il.f. ve'iv iv o'it ' '^NTEMPT TiTiR. DEMOCRACY. ! "The spirit of Prussianism nnd the
spirit' of Americanism cannot live m the same world. One or the other must conquer. Iv the mad pride of its contempt for democracy, Prussianism has thrown down the gauntlet to us. We have taken up the challenge, aud iioav we stand arrayed! by the side ol the other freedom-loving nations of the world, giving our fresh strength and our boundless resources to them, who, heroically striving, have borne tho heat and burden of a dreadfully long and exhausting struggle, yet stand unwearied, erect, and resolute.
"The eneniy ia of formidable strength ; but even if he were far stronger than he is, even if we did not have the men | and the means wliich arc ours, even if our comrades .m arms had not demonstrated their- superb and indomitable prowess, still must our cause prevail, for chore i.s fighting with us a force stronger tli an any other power on earth and again aud again has triumphed over overwhelming odds, and that force, Godinspired, death-defying, and unconquerable, is the soul of man.
"Some there are among us of foreign birth, some even of American birth, who,] misguided, corrupt, or traitorous, have failed to join wholeheartedly our holy cause, or even are opposing it. As far as they dare, some there are, kith and kin of .the Bolsheviki, who have been blinded by the glare of liberty as a man is blinded who, after long confinement m darkness, comes suddenly into strong sunlight. ABUSE OF TOLERANCE.
"Blinded, they dare to aspire to force their guidance xipcn Americans who. for generations have walked m the light of liberty. They have become drunk with the strong wine of. -freedom, these people Mho, until they landed here, had tasted nothing but the bitter water of tyranny. Drunk, they presume to impose their reeling gait upon Americans, to whom freedom has been a puro and refreshing fountain for a century and a half. "Brooding m the darkness of age-long oppression, they have evolved a fantastic and distorted' image of free government. In fatuous effrontery they seekto graft the growth of their stunted vision upon the splendid and ancienttree i)S. American institutions. We will not have it. so. We who are Americans by birth or adoption, reject with ibhorrence aud resentment those sentiments and views, and we bid their propagandists beware lest a kindly, trustful, and forbearing people arise ni rightous wrath and smite with the indignant fist- of its might and power the wretches who are' basely abusing its- tolerance." Mr. Kahn, who was born at Mannheim, m 1867, was educated m Germany, and served one year m the, German army.. He is, perhaps, the most influenf'*il German-born citizen of the United States.
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GERMAN'S INDICTMENT OF GERMANY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14546, 6 March 1918
GERMAN'S INDICTMENT OF GERMANY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14546, 6 March 1918
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