America at war! (1941–) – Part 3

‘Dangerous year’ seen by Goebbels

But the Nazi Propaganda Minister says Germans are still ‘sure of victory’

Dr. Joseph Goebbels, German Propaganda Minister, writing in the latest issue of The Reich, declared that 1944 would be a “dangerous year” containing “riddles upon riddles,” and then urged the German people to have “faith,” the German Transocean News Agency said in a wireless dispatch to the United States yesterday.

Dr. Goebbels’ article, as transmitted for American consumption, attempted to minimize Allied gains during 1943 and repeated the stock phrase that German home-front morale was still strong, but failed to make any personal predictions of victory, either in 1944 or later.

The Propaganda Minister, who has previously used such phrases as “unshakable certainty” to describe his belief in an Axis triumph, said in his latest article merely that the German people were still “sure of victory.”

The article, according to the dispatch recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, concluded:

The year 1944 contains riddles upon riddles, but we know that we can and must solve them all. It will be a dangerous year in which the fate of civilized mankind is once more at stake. But just as it has been so frequently in crises of former centuries, a great salvation is at hand when man believes it to be the most distant.

We must have full faith in it and fight for it. Our salvation is in loyalty to ourselves and to the tasks set for us.

Sees Germans out to win

London, England (Reuters) – (Dec. 30)
Dr. Joseph Goebbels, in his article in this week’s The Reich, quoted by Transocean News Agency, said the German people had never before been so determined to fight and win.

The British and Americans, by cunning and arrogant bluff and propaganda, succeeded in creating the impression in certain parts of the world that their victory was an absolute certainty. In reality, they are still outside the unassailable walls of our continent.

If they could, London and Washington would head over all the German leaders to hangmen, but they have not got the power to do it and they never will have.

After likening Germany’s role to that of a police force dealing with “a mob of gangsters,” Dr. Goebbels added:

There is no crime against humanity, culture or civilization that has not been committed by the enemy in this war.

He then said:

When, after all this, has the right to take of war crimes and to demand judgment before history? Is it the enemy or we?

Eisenhower pays visit to de Gaulle

Military talk believed opening of new era in U.S. dealing with French leader
By Harold Callender

Neglect charged in coast war area

House group urges corrective federal action in congested Los Angeles sector
By C. P. Trussell

Chiefs of operating groups who held out charge their case was mishandled

Disclaim role in seizure; there was no need to change the rules in middle of game, statement contends

Davis explains steel reversal

Chairman insists WLB will not act while stoppages are in progress

22 peace blunders are laid to Wilson

Bailey, historian of Stanford, lists them as danger signs to avoid in pact making


Lewis’ paper hits Roosevelt slogan

Calls ‘Win the War’ cloak of politics – sees New Deal dead 6 years ago

Washington – (Dec. 30)
On the heels of President Roosevelt’s adoption of the slogan “Win the War” in place of “New Deal,” the United Mine Workers Journal, the official organ for John L. Lewis’ miners union, says that the New Deal died more than six years ago.

In a leading editorial, the Journal contended in its issue to be distributed tomorrow that the “Win the War” slogan “has a greedy ring, like trying to rob the people of their birthright, of appropriating the people’s wartime prayers and their every desire, to cloak a political party.”

Criticism of the administration from this source was not unexpected, in view of the rift that developed after the mine union chief actively supported Mr. Roosevelt in two campaigns for the presidency.

The editorial said:

President Roosevelt’s belated acknowledgement that the “New Deal” is dead as such could have been well made, and honestly so, in mid-1937 – six-and-a-half years ago – for it was during the Little Steel strikes of that year when intelligent labor leaders first learned of the President’s feat that the rapid organization of the rank and file of American workers into unions might reach such huge totals as to give to the American workingman that degree of economic and political power which banking, business and industry, as well as those of the upper social caste, coupon clippers and the self-anointed ruling-class boys, deemed unwise for the workers to possess in these United States.

All of the social and control legislation which was enacted during the first years of the “New Deal” would have resulted in time, out of necessity, for the very sound reason that it represented needed reform long overdue.

The period of the Little Steel strikes, the editorial continued, made it “a matter of common gossip in big business circles that the ‘New Deal,’ as such, was dead.”

For that reason, and since the President’s second term still had some time to run, the Journal said, Mr. Lewis felt it was prudent for “labor to pay its hand out and get along the best it could for the remainder of the second term.”

It went on:

To us it seems incredible that, in shifting from the “New Deal” emblem, the domestic situation being what it is, the utter confusion which prevails as regards mustering out our fighting men and the complete lack of plans for the transition from a wartime to a peacetime economy, the erstwhile “New Dealers” would have the audacity to adopt as a new political slogan the one thing which all Americans are agreed upon – “Win the War.”

It has a greedy ring like trying to rob the people of their birthright – of appropriating the people’s wartime prayers and their every desire – to cloak a political party. In a democracy, when patriotism is involved against a common foe, the President of the United States, or a political party, has no more right to patriotic claims than the humblest citizen.


Hull hails Burke, resigning as aide

Chief of world communications resigns to enter business – in department 5 years

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish leaders to meet next week to plan a campaign

More incidents reported; Mayor La Guardia says program ‘has had special police attention for some time’

1943 spending tops U.S. 150-year total

Up to 1926, federal costs were $87.3 million – for this year $88 million spent

Defers limiting newspaper radio

FCC, facing Craven’s dissent, puts off ruling until Fly consults Roosevelt

Canned beans also get zero value Sunday as OPA acts to free space to store pork

Tomatoes, peas reduced; buying of these fell 10% in autumn – jams are raised 2 points to 8 a pound

Englishwoman finds we influence Arabs

American education gives rise to a middle class, she says

Exiled scholars aid Library of Congress

Answer questions from war agencies and others

Editorial: Anglo-American team

Editorial: Gen. Holcomb retires

Editorial: The treaty-making power

Hobart Bosworth, film pioneer, dies

Played lead in first movie made in Los Angeles – star of many screen epics

Holiday fetes set for servicemen

Women in uniform also to help usher in New Year in elaborate style

New Yorkers, planning what is predicted will be the biggest and gayest New Year’s Eve celebration seen here in a long time, have made certain that the men and women serving the nation will be on the hearty welcome to 1944.

Forty-three affiliated agencies of the New York City Defense Recreation Committee will give parties and dances all over the city. Invitations from various organizations staging celebrations as well as from apartment house parties have been pouring into the committee’s headquarters in “countless numbers.” Men and women in uniform need simply apply at the committee’s offices, 99 Park Ave., to avail themselves of these invitations.

One of the larger affairs will be given by the Three-Shift Activities Committee. There will be music, entertainment and all the beer the boys can drink.

Beer, prizes, hostesses and, of course, dancing is on the program at the American Women’s Volunteer Services Park-Hudson Unit’s party. The Steno Canteen is also holding a big affair, while the Soldiers and Sailors Club promises a “terrific party” at its headquarters. Dancing and entertainment is being offered and the invitation is, “Come one, come all.”

Kate Smith will be at the American Theater Wing’s Stage Door Canteen to sing and present a show with her company between 10:15 and 11:00.

Plans for officers, also

For officers too, plans have been made. The Officers Service Committee with headquarters at the Hotel Commodore will give a gala dance at the Ritz-Carlton.

Open House for Officers at the Hotel Delmonico has prepared an evening of fun for officers of the Allied nations.

Events for the servicemen are also listed for tomorrow. The American Jewish Congress will give a dance at the Manhattan Center, and the Women’s Service Brigade of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union will hold a dance at the new City Center. The Soldiers and Sailors Club will again throw open its doors for an all-day session.

Neither have the men and women overseas been forgotten. Starting tonight at 10:45 and at different times tomorrow the city’s New Year’s salute to the Armed Forces will be shortwaved under the sponsorship of the New York City Defense Recreation Committee. Leading stars of the stage and screen are to take part in the show produced by the Armed Forces Radio Service. On New Year’s Day, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia will be on the program with his greetings.

Rail and bus lines busy

That there will be plenty of servicemen and women in town for the celebrating tonight and over the weekend was indicated by travel reports from the railroads and bus lines. Men on furlough and those with passes from nearby camps are expected to make up about half of the incoming crowds.

Travel, in general, probably will run heavier than a year ago, according to the carriers. The Pennsylvania predicted a 20% increase, the New York Central 15% and the Greyhound Bus Company said it would be using all the buses it owned.

Considers taking over the Manhattan towers that is sold by city

$875,000 purchase price; bought by Isadore Kowal who earned $1 a day in 1913 when he left Russia