Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 37 (April 1946)
[Highlights of policy], pp. -9 PDF (2.6 MB)
the Hitler regime. These groups, how- ever, never received official recognition from the Party. It was emphasized by the Party treas- ury officials that Lockerung was never intended or employed as a free-for-all suspension of the closed perio(d, but was rather, both as proposed and as carried out, a plan for admitting people who had been active in the Nazi movement since memberships were closed in 1933. They maintain that even though the number of people who joined the Party during the Lockerung exceeded the number who joined in 1939 when the gates were re- opened, these people represented a very careful selection; since in every single case of admission during the Lockerung, political activity had to be proved. The Mitgliedersperre was suspended as of 1 May 1939. Further temporary clos- ures were called from time to time for administrative purposes, but the next in- definite closed period did not occur until 2 February 1942. Exceptions to these clos- ings were members of the HJ and BDM, honorably discharged members 'of the Wehrmacht who had distinguished them- selves in sevice, resettlers, (especially from Southern Tyrol and the Sudeten- land), and (after 20 July 1944) soldiers still in service who had proved them- selves good National Socialists. Other exceptions had to be an- German public in general had no knowl- edge 'of the decree; many applicants who were refused ;at that time for being over- age claim today that they were rejected for political reasons. MEMBERSHIP SELECT AND VOLUNTARY The primary fact is established that the NSDAP was not at any time intended to encompass the entire German popula- tion. Hitler's own conception of the ideal proportion was a mere 10 percent of the total population. It was a qualitative, not a quantitative, group, designed to be- come a nucleus of the most reliable and trustworthy German elements (in the Nazi sense), who would blindly support the Hitler government at any time and under any circumstances. That this aim necessarily connoted vol- untary membership is made officially clear in the Organisationsbuch der NSDAP: "According to a statement of the Fueh- rer only the best National Socialists shall be admitted into the NSDAP ..... The call for a German into the Party denotes to him a special honor and distinction, because herewith he becomes enrolled into the following of the Fuehrer. The principle of voluntary entrance into the Party must never be abandoned or tam- pered with in any way. This principle of proved individually by the Party Chancellory (Martin Bormann). On 14 July 1942 Hitler decreed that nobody over 35 should henceforth be accep ted for membership. This decree was not intended to be published until after the end of the war, although it was strictly followed until the end of 1943. The Can the llcilers be healed? AIG's job is to ready germany for re- admission to the world family.
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