Page 8, 20th August 1937

20th August 1937
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Page 8, 20th August 1937 — Germans Outside the Reich

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Organisations: Nazi Government, Nazi Party
People: Frick


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Germans Outside the Reich

It is probable that the strongest motives in the colonial controversy are strategic on both sides. As regards the question of the Germans in Europe but outside the Reich, the Nazi Party seems to regard their union with those of the Reich alternately as a military and as a cultural objective. A contribution of real value to the latter view was made by Dr. Frick, the Minister of the Interior, at a conference of the German Foreign Institutes last Sunday. He spoke of the problem of national minorities in Eastern Europe (meaning particularly German-speaking minorities) as an unsolved one in spite of advances in the theoretical recognition of their rights. He suggested that there was only one radical solution. States should abandon the attempt to denationalise the minorities and to assimilate them to the culture of the majority. The wise State will permit the minorities to cultivate their special qualities and adjust itself to utilise their constructive forces. The minorities would thus become a bridge to international understanding.

There is an element of deep truth in this solution of one of the most difficult of political problems, and it would be instructive to see the Nazi Government trying to apply it to the treatment of their own great cultural minority, the Jews.

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