Sheri Berman (2006): Interwar Socialism with German Nationalist Characteristics:
P. 110 ff: Over time... the... S[ocialist ]P[arty of]D[eutschland]'s position became increasingly problematic…. [T]he SPD's support of [the Hooverite plans of Chancellor] Bruening and its failure to put forward any distinctive plans of its own for dealing with the Great Depression elicited storms of protest. At the party's 1931 congress… the most electrifying speech, Fritz Tarnow… summed up the SPD's dilemma:
Are we standing at the sickbed of capitalism not only as doctors who want to heal the patient, but also as prospective heirs who can't wait for the end and would gladly help the process along with a little poison?… We are damned, I think, to be doctors who seriously want to cure, and yet we have to maintain the feeling that we are heirs who wish to receive the entire legacy of the capitalist system today rather than tomorrow. This double role, doctor and heir, is a damned difficult task….