Pierre van Paassen (1895 - 1968), Dutch-born Canadian journalist, Unitarian minister, philosemitic, Zionistic and staunchly anti-Nazi; pictured at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal during 1945. From "This Week in JPL History: Pierre van Paassen – The Forgotten Ally" (2013-11-25, jewishpubliclibrary.org) [archive.is/5lnwm], caption: During his visit van Paassen presented the library with the manuscript for “The Forgotten Ally” a novel on Israel.
Van Paassen wrote an article in February, 1933 interviewing Wilhelm Frick, German Minister of the Interior and the first member of the NSDAP to attain political office. Read the entire article, page 1 [archive.is/R8RgY], page 2 [archive.is/hMbGk].
During the interview Van Paassen put it to the then German Minister of the Interior: "Moreover, anyone who care to investigate Jewish life but superficially soon discovers that instead of an indissoluble international solidarity as you claim, the same lines that divide society in classes operate in Jewish life. The best proof probably is that several Jewish bankers are backing Herr Hitler financially and that a Jewish bank is backing Prince Starhenberg in Austria. Since you say you are going to act strongly against the Jews, these Jewish banks are indirectly your aids. How can you speak of Jewish solidarity under the circumstance?"
Another article from 1933 by Van Paassen expands on his knowledge about Jewish bankers financing Hitler and the NSDAP, read the entire article at [archive.is//bq6jN]: "I do not blame those Jewish financiers who pulled Hitler out of the ditch by financing the Nazi Organization. It was in their interest to do so. Class interest far outweighs racial or religious associations. These men simply were consistent capitalists. They looked after and saved the interests of big business and finance in a critical hour. There is nothing to be gained in denouncing these men as traitors to the Jewish people. They never had anything in common with the Jewish masses except that they have always tried "as great Jewish Leaders" in Germany to exert their influence on the Jewish masses in one issue or another. Herr Oscar Wassermann is loyal to his class in society. Inflexibly loyal. Nothing in the world is capable of coming between him and that loyalty."
Oscar Wassermann (1869 - 1934), photo at left, head of the managing board of the Deutsche Bank between 1923 - 1933, who described himself as a non-Zionist but was president of Keren Hayesod (The Foundation Fund) the fund raising agency for Jewish settlement in Palestine, and in 1932 became the honorary chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency, the de-facto Jewish government of British Mandate Palestine. He believed all Jews, whether Zionists or not, should support Jewish settlement in Palestine.
Van Paassen's allegation that Oscar Wassermann, the effective CEO of the Deutsche Bank, was providing funds for the NSDAP (Nazi party) is corroborated by something Heinrich Bruening, Hitler's predecessor as German Chancellor, wrote in 1948: "... from October 1928 the two largest regular contributors to the Nazi Party were the general managers of two of the largest Berlin banks, both of the Jewish faith, and one of them the leader of Zionism in Germany." - from a letter Bruening wrote to Churchill's publishers in 1948, referencing something he wrote to Churchill in 1937, read the full quote in context at [archive.is/3p7EM], published in the scholarly book "Churchill's War, vol. 1: Struggle for Power" [archive.is/9CyMK], you can also read book's 2nd volume [archive.is/wVoMn], a set of books whose author devoted attention on the Jewish financial leaders who funded Hitler [youtube.com/watch?v=rsls6WcYgtE]. More about Bruening's views on Jewish Citizens within Germany before and during the 1st half of the era of Nazi administration [archive.is/7ALHy].
According to JTA newswire (1930) [archive.is/4w6w6], it was reported, that "in London, Lord Melchett, Chaim Weizmann, Oscar Wasserman, Felix Warburg and Max Warburg will meet this afternoon in an attempt to reach a settlement regarding the functions of the Administrative Committee and the Jewish Agency's Executive, the immediate raising of an internal loan of $5,000,000, and Lord Melchett's demand that before any larger colonization scheme be undertaken in Palestine, the 1,500 Chalutzim in Palestine for many years be settled on the land."
Industrialists of many nationalities contributed to the rise of the NSDAP, including Henry Ford and Thomas Watson (Founder, IBM) of the USA, and Eugene Schneider of France, of whom not much information is available, but is mentioned in the following.
"Merchants of Death: A Study of the International Armament Industry" book by H. C. Engelbrecht, Ph.D., and F. C. Hanighen (Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, 1934): [...] In Europe their colleagues are even more active. Hitler has now become the symbol of the return of German militarism. Even before he managed to obtain supreme power there was speculation as to his financial backers. Obviously they included German industrialists fearful of socialism, communism, and the labor unions, nationalists smarting under the "insults" of the Versailles treaty, and a host of other discontented folk. But on the list of these contributors supplying funds to the Hitler movement were the names of two capitalists Von Arthaber and Von Duschnitz directors of Skoda, the great armament firm of Germany's neighbor and enemy, Czechoslovakia.
Interlocking directorates are a familiar phenomenon in the United States. The real controller of industries is frequently found in the most unexpected places. In Europe the same system prevails. And so it appears that Messrs. Von Arthaber and Von Duschnitz represent a firm which is controlled by still another firm. The head of this holding company is neither German nor Czech. He is a French citizen, M. Eugene Schneider, president of the Schneider-Creusot Company which for a century has dominated the French arms industry and which through its subsidiaries now controls most of the important arms factories in Central Europe. Some of Hitler's financial support, then, was derived from a company owned by a leading French industrialist and arms maker.
Arms merchants also own newspapers and mold public opinion. M. Schneider is more than just president of Creusot. He is the moving spirit of another great combine, the Comite des Forges. This French steel trust through one of its officers has controlling shares in the Paris newspaper Le Temps, the counterpart of the New York Times, and the Journal des Débats, which corresponds to the New York Herald Tribune. These two powerful papers constantly warn their readers of the "danger of disarmament" and of the menace of Germany. Thus M. Schneider is in a position to pull two strings, one linked to Hitler and German militarism, the other tied to the French press and French militarism. [...]