The confusing phenomenon of Hitlerite Germany or Naziism is not one that can be fully explained by those outside Germany, in as much as it forms a complex ideology wherein racial, social, political, economic and religious apects find expression. German nationai Socialism, as we are told by her leaders is not a transient or ephemeral notion but an institution, which they believe, destined to grow from strength to strength perennially with die passage of time.
One need not dispute seriously this stupendous claim but every school-boy with an elementary knowledge of history will soon discover the veil of absurdity that shrouds this fatuous belief. It is evident from the march of events that this national fanaticism has spread like an epidemic with ravaging results. The masses have apparently ceased to think or study for themselves but are merely content to fellow leaders imbued with blind military discipline which favours more of the spectacular and less of the sensible side of life. Despite such ironclad discipline that threatens to sweep away every restraint like a turbulent cascade, there is yet that woeful lack of inner order and mental equilibrium.
The question naturally arises as to how a queer combination of greatness and folly of fanaticism and desperation may co-exist. It is really inconceivable how the noble land of Kant, Goethe and Beethoven, great exponents of aesthetic art and philosophy could be transformed into a disorderly realm for militant agitators of the calibre of Hitler, Goering and Rosenberg. It is obvious from the circumstances that logical persuasion could not have had a hand in shaping present day Germany. An historical retrospect may throw partial light on the prevailing conditions but will fail to expound fully the contributory causes. Economic distress is the major factor that has induced a revolutionary turn, while political malcontents have seized the opportunity with avidity to prescribe remedies which are in themselves more baneful than the virulence of the complaint.
It must be admitted that a sorrow-stricken Germany that has not only passed through the lethal years of the World war but has also had her equally trying experiences of the post-war years, must perforce suffer a nervous breakdown. A dispassionate and humane view of Germany's plight today will suggest that even the victors of the Great War are constructively to blame, in some measure, for her untoward turn of mind. But there is some form of arrogant impetuosity actuating the German mind to-day—a mind that has been subjected to cruel distress and sad despair. It is saddening in the extreme to contemplate her futile attempts at selfjustification, although her leaders are patently adopting novel and dangerous schemes. This sudden and disconcerting turn of mind in a nation that has in the past contributed substantially to world culture cannot be explained away in a hurry by normal psychological standards.
To add to her list of dangerous experiments in social and political matters the defiant 'bravado' of her demagogues has even gone further in applying profane hands to destructive acts in matters of Religion. We shall discuss, in our next leader, the social and religious attitudes of the Nazis which are essentially prompted by the 'race idea' which has gained currency in new Germany.
- Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, March 9th, 1935 (pdf pp 107)