Sympathy for the Jews
but why indifference to Red massacres in Spain?
By Ariel OW regrettable, as has been remarked before in this column, that Latin is no longer the medium of communication between Christians. How invaluable if listeners, especially in this country, could follow the nightly Italian broadcasts, " Comments on Daily Events," giving the Italian view on the political world situation in an admirable, clear, calm manner, by an anonymous speaker who must be a man of distinction.
political nature. " Neither Great Britain nor the Dominions," said the speaker on November 19, " are showing any alacrity to Jews whom welcome into their midst the Je Fascist countries regard as a potential danger." It is not possible, following after this broadcast, to listen to Radio Verdad, to the oc oc accounts of the shocking acts of cruelty perpetrated by the Reds in the territory just recovered by the Franco troops, without a feeling of shame and indignation that pro minent politicians, while scathingly and lightly condemning the anti-Jewish excesses in Germany, continue to insist on the need for this country to support Red Spain and its regime of murder. m It is weeks ago now, says Salamanca, that w del Vayo offered to withdraw all foreign volunteers. How has he kept his promise? And Moscow continues to broadcast accounts of Italian troops landing in Nationalist Spain in And Moscow ever larger numbers. Continues . . . " There arc more Italian troops in Spain now than on October 15," the Communist International broadcasts announced in English, French, Spanish, " there are 10 Divisions of 5,000 each." What broadcasts have we to enlighten our people? None. Every listener with a short-wave set can hear such mis-statements in English three times a week. Is it to be wondered at that the members of our Co-operative societies and the workers in all countries are ready to collect funds to " save Spain from foreign invasion"? Meanwhile, last Sunday (November 20) Nationalist Spain was commemorating her dead with solemn Requiem Masses in every parish; with open-air ceremonies at which the need for sacrifice was emphasised. How can one hear all this and not feel that we are the lukewarm of Scripture? Our faith is at stake, but since a great wave of spiritual revival swept over the land on September 30, we have returned to our routine life of materialism and paltry amusements. We are shocked at the paganism ofe e Germany, hut do we reflect what the of " ragtime " and Music Hath " jazz" and "swing" Alarms tunes broadcast day after day have on the m after day have on the m mind? Let us remember Chateaubriand's profound remark that the fail ot the Roman Empire was hastened by the extraordinary effect the pagan music of the Goths and Vandals had on the inhabitants of the countries they invaded. Moscow realises this truth, and after broadcasting, on November 19, a Chinese es m sed to child's letter addressed the Communist children of Soviet Russia, to thank them for their support, announced: " And now listen to three revolutionary songs, sung by Soviet children." It is a fact too that, listening to the Internationale night after night for several years, exercises a sort of spell, of which Radio Moscow is no doubt well aware. We have not yet radio sets fixed to our ram children's pebulators, as they have in America, but from every cottage window today conies the terrible demoralising din of jazz, which is the modern infant's cradle song. If any listens heard " A Little Hat" sung at one of listeners nightly Paris variety shows by a husband who had to buy, not one little hat for his young wife, " who had nothing to put on"! but eighteen of the new little hats; one to cock over one eye, and one to be perched perilously on top of her head, and so on— in each of which she looked more bewitching, so that he had to break open his tirelire with his savings to pay for them; if any listeners, we say, heard this and the little wife's answering song, " You must always tell me "—if 1 am too silent, or too talkative, or too extravagant, or too close—they will have realised that a variety show can be intensely funny and sparkling, without a trace of vulgarity, and altogether delightful for young and old to hear, And, who knows, some of our " Under Twenty-fives," born into a world of cynical views on love and marriage, would he cheered by the thought that Bungalow Club morality does not set the standard even in these days of " easier divorce "that there still are husbands and wives to whom their love remains " a joy for ever." " A Little Hat"