Fritz Gerlich, publicist and prophet – how did he resist the Nazis?

By Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rudolf Morsey, Speyer

Gerlich against Hitler

Fritz Gerlich is still only mentioned in passing by most of the endless literature about the history of German resistance during the Third Reich. Yet this valiant newspaper editor managed to make his paper Der gerade Weg (“the straight Path”) into one of the fiercest opponents of National Socialism He condemned their false doctrines, often personally attacking Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) (“Does Hitler have Mongolian blood?” was one of his headlines July 17, 1932) and revealed the criminal background of many in Hitler’s inner circle. Gerlich predicted what would happen during the Third Reich; since the spring1932 he had been expecting to be murdered by the Nazis....