Lyon on 5 September at 8:00 pm: “The German
flyers are undertaking numerous attacks on open Polish cities,
murdering women and children, shooting at churches and Red Cross
columns. They appear to have targeted the children, as they threw
them poisoned candy.”
Stations from Warsaw and Posen, 2 September 1939: “German
planes use gas and incendiary bombs.”
International News Service, 2 September 1939: “Bombing of
hospitals for feeble-minded Jewish children in Warsaw.”
“German planes drop children’s balloons filled with poisonous
gas.” (Polpat Radio, 2 September 1939).
“All wells in the vicinity of Warsaw are have been ruined
by poison gas.” (Organization of the passive Polish air defense,
4 September 1939).
“German fliers bomb and destroy a Polish Red Cross train
station in Bschidlowitz.” (Polish Telegraph Agency, 5 September
“German fliers drop poisoned rose garlands, medallions and
holy pictures, which have already caused several deaths.”
(Warsaw, 6 September 1939).
“German planes throw poisoned pamphlets.” (Short wave
station, Warsaw, 8 September 1939).
We Germans naturally know what to think about these crazy slanders.
But those abroad have to be told what the English masters of the
lie are trying to do.. On 6 September Mr. Butler responded to
a question from Mr. Henderson, a member of the Labour Party in
the House of Commons. He explained that charges that the German
bombed open Polish cities were false. The bombs dropped on these
places were directed at military targets.
Furthermore, Mr. Butler explained that there was no official
evidence at hand to support the allegation that Germany had used
In fact, the Führer has expressely forbidden the German
army to use these forms of warfare, a fact that even England must
It is not even worth talking about all the other fables, monstrosities
or devilish fantasies.
Since this ridiculous twaddle naturally eventually loses its
effect on the world, the English Ministry of Lies took matters
into its own hands and sent the notorious journalist Knickerbocker
with a special assignment.
At the end of September 1939, numerous foreign newspapers and
broadcasting stations carried reports by this liar. One report
stated that 6 prominent National Socialists had transferred
over half a billion marks in foreign currency to accounts in
foreign lands, so that after the “destruction of the Regime”
they would have a fat nest egg.
In Germany one does not even need to refute such vile slander,
because no one falls for it.
Dr. Goebbels used all foreign language broadcasts to expose
the foreign slanderer and to challenge Knickerbocker to prove
his allegations. If he could prove the existence of these fantasy
accounts, he would receive 10 percent.
At first the liar did not say anything. Days went by and Knickerbocker
did not claim any of the money that Goebbels offered him! Then
he came out with new lies and named banks, insurance companies,
middlemen, who were all allegedly involved in these underhanded
dealings. It is impossible here to reproduce the long, imaginary
list, but the German press published all the names and details.
The result is: the accounts, like the middlemen, do not exist
and have never existed. A group of foreign journalists have
investigated the matter carefully and have reached the following
conclusion. This picture is a rendering of the facsimile:
This is Knickerbocker.