15 NOVEMBER 1935, Page 19


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

Stn ,--With reference to page 732 of your appreciated weekly, I Wish to protest against Mr. R. H. S. Grossman's .attitude towards a great German like Schlageter.

Furthermore, I submit, gentlemen of England, that Mr. Cressinan's definition of " National Socialist Philosophy " as the ethics of political gangsterdom " implies something. hoYond interference with internal affairs, of my country.

Suffice it to say, therefore, that Albert Leo. Schlageter, who at the time of the, French Ruhr invasion organised the so-called Passive Resistance not only with the German Government's connivance, but with their express authoritative though secret Permission, did not do by any manner Of means any " dirty luckier " and was as little of a condottiere as was the luckier T. E. Lawrence. There is not the slightest doubt that Schlageter, the German .officer, and hero of the War, lived and died as an upright Christian and obedient soldier Of his country.-4 am, Sir, yours faithfully, Oppein, Porschstr. 3, Germany. GusrrnER B. PHILIPP.