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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 37 (April 1946)

Press comments,   pp. 13-19 PDF (3.6 MB)

Page 16

how the Germans like that amber fluid,
that means that nobody hereafter can say
we made a soft peace with Germany."
Speaking on the ABC network from
Berlin, Edd Johnson says "... mentally
there isn't much for the Germans here
'or Ielsewhere to be very gay about. The
American Military Government ... wait-
ing ... instructions from Washington (on
talking) with the British, French and
Russians about the food supply for the
German population."
In rumor-ridden Germany today, says
Henry Gladstone of MBC, intelligence of-
ficers have taken note recently "that anti-
Russians stories are giving way to anti-
*Czech ,and anti-Polish stories.'
'According to Lowell Thomas of NBC,
"The New York Daily News instituted
-an investigation of its own on the Eu-
ropean food shsortage. Roblert Conway
of the Daily News staff bells us the
shortages are greatly exaggerated."
"0000OD"t NAZIS        (Contimnued from page 8)
the piolitical conditions of another official,
so'long ias such breach did not jeopardize
the 'interests of the State.
The treasury insisted on more and
more thorough investigations and set up
special forms known as 'Politische Be-
urteilung' for determining the exact politi-
cal backgrounds of applicants. Hitler re-
peatedly forbade that these evaluations
be made superficially or that references
be obliging with letters of recommenda-
tion. The Beurteilung, which could be
made out only by Party officials from the
rank of Kreisleiter up, ion the basis iof
'information obtained from the respective
competent Party officials, were in turn
subject to careful examination and check-
The: Beurteilung could also be reques-
ted -in certain cases other than those in-
volving applications for a Party membler-
ship. The strictest measures had to be
applied if political 'evaluations 'of per-
sions of Jewish descent were requested.
Only. in very exceptional cases were these
persons'allowed to join the Wehrmacht,
and. each of these cases was examined by
the Fuehrer personally.
Before a candidate c.ould be accepted
for Party membership, the most detailed
kind of 'political evaluation was required,
including investigation at the applicant's
past places of residence. Upon applica-
tion the candidate had to be "suggested"
by the Ortsgruppenleiter to the Kreis-
leiter, who in turn "suggested" his name
to the Gauleiter, who transmitted the
suggestion to the Reichsleitung. The cor-
respondence of the Reichsleitung proves
that this highest party office was adher-
ing strictly to the various laws regulating
The Berlin Doicument Center has
'evidence indicating that roughly one-
third iof those who applied for mem-
bership were not accepted. Any applica-
tion could be turned down by the Kreis-
leiter without given reasons. A' vast ma,-
jority of letters which came down from
the Reichsleitung dealt with refusal of
membership applications, !on grounds
which ranged from 'one applicant's lack
of 'sufficient Party enthusiasm to another's
marriage to -a Polish woman.
There were numerous modifications in
the admission requrements for members
of the HJ (Hitlerjuge-nd or Hitler Youth)

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