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American politician, commander of the Continental Army during the American War of Independence (1775–83), first President of the United States (1789–97).

In his "The Mission of German Genius," the lead article of Der Tonwille, Heft I (1921), Schenker spoke of the era of Washington and Lincoln as "lagging far, far behind the European nations and races ... Groping through the vale of ignorance ..."


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  • DLA 69.930/11 Handwritten letter from Schenker to Halm, dated November 2, 1922

    Schenker acknowledges receipt of two booklets on youth and the new republic, returns them, comments on them critically: idealistic German democrats desire maximal remuneration with minimal work; illustrates point by difficulties with maids in Schenker household; German democrats naively overestimate social and intellectual status of non-German commoners (French, British, American); Schenker decries cosmopolitanism and those Germans who advocate individuality at the expense of society; Schenker praises the fascists as countering communism and social leveling, compares Mussolini's Italy favorably with present-day Germany.