by Hermann Esser
Hermann Esser, Die jüdische Weltpest (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1939), pp. 9-12.
Chapter One – Fundamentals of the jewish Question
The treacherous murder of the young German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in the office of the German embassy in Paris on 7 November 1938 by a 17-year-old jew named Herschel Grünspan is rightly viewed by the entire German people as a contemptible sneaky attack on Adolf Hitler’s new Greater Germany. Eighty million people were touched in the depth of their being; justified outrage erupted. According to their own figures, the jews, who had been living very well among the German people for centuries, were worth a total of 8 billion marks. When the Reich government required them to pay a penalty of a billion marks, the jewish-democratic world press howled as if jews in National Socialist Germany were starving and going to the dogs.