This article clearly suggests that Miss Jost's mission to America was to "tell the truth about Germany’s present program of fine provisions for the needy under Hitler's government. The "lies" of American newspapers is attacked properly. Her report should have all the more weight because she is a Seventh-day Adventist! (par. 1 & 2)
The government Welfare Plans are highly lauded. She reports that when she told about these plans in America, people in their enthusiasm called out: "That’s what we are going to have here in America too.” Her reply should have been, "Go ahead and have it!" (I can’t recall all that enthusiasm anywhere, L.K.)
Hitler's program is surely lauded with eloquence. The article is introduced with comments on Sister Jost's "remarkable courage to speak out."
This article reveals clearly that her main burden for her visit was to clear Germany's record. No wonder consuls welcome this! Not many people could be even bought to declare in a strange land such happenings. Assuming all what might been said, that the paper did not find it wise to publish, it surely isn’t what SDAs think best give publicity to. Were we to resort to such measures in America - approving publicly political moves! - we might gain more popularity as a denomination, too. But we don’t court the government of earth by flattery.
I can’t help wondering where we as a church might be if in the near future Germany decides to turn on Hitler. Our sister is positively playing with fire.
Getting a perspective of Sister Jost’s whole propaganda, I feel she may bring to us in the future far more embarrassment than we can trust our brethren right close up to the problem in Europe, to now see.
The freedom with which she gave you this article, Elder McElhany, shows her conviction that all this is all right for SDAs! Supposing you hadn’t cautioned before she arrived in Los Angeles! To say this which the newspaper records, was conservative on her part, we must remember. (I've gotten a background for these impressions because of an accumulation of them from various angles.) From her delight over progress made with the San Francisco consul, I am anxious, Elder McElhany. I just fear her European brethren can't see what perspective suggests to us. I do hope she'll keep away from the newspapers here. Knowing the tactics of these consuls too well by now, I can just say I'm anxious.
The Portland consul took great pains to fit out a nice scrapbook for all her articles to take back to Mr. Hitler. They are to weigh much.
L. C. Kleuser