Written by Kate Boyes - OCR results: The majority of the people we met at Youth Hostels showed little interest in politics . All those we talked to were eager for peace and for friendship with England, and did their best to convince us that the two countries were natural allies. They told the two of us who were fair, how typically German we looked, especially when, having accidentally jettisoned some of our luggage through trying to scramble with bicycles down a goat track on the edge of a cliff in the Hohenzollern Mountain, we had to take to German peasant costume. But clearly the Government spares no occasion for propa~ ganda. Every Youth Hostel has a portrait of Hitler in various impressive attitudes, looking vastly diflerent from the insigni~ ficant little man that I once saw in Munich. And the book~ shops all have coloured postcards of him in white armour as Lohengrin, though we were irresistibly reminded of the White Knight in ~' A1ice.'' Nor are the Germans allowed to forget their Government's claims. In the Felderrnhalle in Munich are carved the names of Germany's lost territories, Eupen, Malmedy, Alsace, the Colonies. and above them, the prayer, ' ' Lord, make us free. The Labour Corps do military drill with their spades, and the refrain they sing on the march is, '' To-day all Germany is ours, To~morrow the world entire.'' But the people in general did not seem to be inspired by this spirit. They were eager , often pathetically eager , for a better understanding with England, and we saw no obvious signs of enthusiasm for Hitler. Of course, we were greeted everywhere with " Heil Hitler '' and we used to reply with ' ' Heil E,den,'' until one earnest youth in a hostel asked if that was the English national greeting. We did meet a few enthu- siastic Nazis. One man in a caf6 in Heilbronn had a long argu- ment with us about Germany's territorial claims. He wanted Schleswig, Denmark, and Lithuania, and he got very heated on the subject of the Sudetenland. Unfortunately, the argu- ment, like most of our political arguments in Germany, was rather one~sided. The geographer of our party, the only one who.knew anything about the subject, could only speak a word or two of German and was reduced to saying ~~ Nein, Nein '' in a loucl and forcible voice at intervals. As for me, my German did not run to discussions of racial theory and I was still further handicapped by the fact that I had never heard of Sudetenland before. However, he exhorted us to tell all our friends what a "good thing'' Hitler was. Then he told Joan and me that we were the image of his two daughters, and bought us a glass of beer on the strength of the resemblance, and we parted the best of friends. Still his outlook was not very encouraging, nor was the visitors' book in the Youth Hostel at Kehl, opposite S:trasbourg. All the visitors had apparently rushed into verse to express the sorrow that filled their hearts at the sight of the French flag flying over Strasbourg, and their determination to win the city back again. The niece of the family I stayed with in Munich a year ago was another very ardent Nazi who tried hard to convert me . Whenever we went out together she insisted on walking down the Residenz-strasse in order that she might salute, with great verve, the memorial to the N~s who were killed in the 1923 rising. Sentries are always on guard there and across the street is an Si.A. barracks. I have watched people cross the road and make a detour round side streets to avoid passing this memorial, which perhaps they did not wish to salute. MUnich is the shrine of the Nazi movement and is thick with hallowed spots where the faithful salute. But many Germans cannot stomach all the Party's methods. M~y friends in Munich used to ridicule the Hitler salute, and always replied to it by '' Griiss Gott.'' Nor did they try to defend the treatment of the Jews. Every village has a notice '~ Jews not wanted here.'' And beneath the Lorelei Rock they sell you souvenir copies of ' ' Die Lorelei ' ' in which the poem is ascribed to an anonymous author, because Heine was a Jew. I think all intelligent and educated Germans must ridicule such behaviour, as my friends did. They told me that the Nazi r6gime is stifling all art, and indeed, in the bookshops there seem to be no modern novels ; only translations from the E,nglish. But however peaceful the people are in spirit they can hardly help being swayed by propaganda when they hear noth~ ing else. A friend of mine who left Germany in the middle of the Crisis said that her hosts could not understand her hurry. ' ~ If there is war, ' ' they said ' ' E,ngland and Germany will be allies, so you'll be quite safe. '' Afterwards they wrote to tell her how glad they were that the firm stand taken by Herr Hitler and Mr. Chamberlain against the Bolsheviks had saved Europe from war.