Another of my dad’s editorials. I probably should mention that my dad had seen Hitler’s handiwork first-hand. He spent much of 1938 in Germany and was a witness to Kristallnacht. I’m trying to put the journals he kept of his trip into shape (actually most of the work is being done by my wife) and when they’re ready I’ll probably be publishing them here.
Now the editorial.
Adolf Hitler, who was named “Man of the Year” by Time magazine eleven months ago, has been chosen “the greatest living person” by Princeton freshmen.
This suggests that the Princetonites have not read the papers since August 23, when the Russo-German non-aggression pact was signed. For if the ability to get something for nothing and to bully other people is the determining factor in greatness, Stalin obviously is out-Hitlering Hitler.
Fortunately, the Princeton freshmen have four years of college ahead of them, in which they can ruminate on world affairs. It would be interesting to learn what their vote would be on the same question in June, 1943-and where Hitler would stand then.