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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 7. June 20, 1959

Victorious B.G

Victorious B.G.

Sir,—I would like to know why you gave the photo (of Billy Graham) the title of ("Sieg Heil"). For the gesture of B.G. on that photo has nothing to do with the fanatical gestures of a mob led by a madman like Hitler.

Of course you can say that "Sieg Heil" means only "Hail Victory" and in doing so you wish B.G. a victorious campaign. But I am sure this was not your intention as in that case you would have chosen a title that does not remind people of Hitler.

Therefore I will have to believe that you think that B.G. is a fanatical madman like Hitler, and then I have to be sorry for you.

For there is still quite a difference between a person who is well aware of what he is aiming at and still knows what he is doing and at what cost, and a person like Hitler, who might have known what he was aiming at. But you certainly can't say that Hitler knew or wanted to know at what cost he was doing it.

(Germany is still paying Israel for the millions of Jews she butchered).

Therefore your comparison between Hitler and B.G. is ill-founded and it is extremely annoying for a person who has lived under German occupation to see a Kiwi use words that were not all justified.


I know that the student Press of New Zealand thought it necessary to write very condemning articles on B.G. which is their democratic right in this country, though in those articles they did not show much wit, as it was just tearing down B.G., just like a little kid destroys the buildings of blocks his little brother has made (it was just as childish and witless).

But I still think that you as one of the student Press could have made up better titles for the photos . . .

—Yours, etc.,

M. C. Lambrechtsen.

(The caption was not written by a Kiwi. Mr Lambrechtsen is entitled to his opinion as he acknowledged we are entitled to ours).