862.00 P.R./199

Extract From Political Report of the Chargé in Germany (Mayer)65

2. Ban Upon the Membership of Corps Students in Party Organizations. Two decrees published May 15 by Rudolf Hess, the Führer’s Deputy and the official specially charged with Party relationships, strike yet another blow at those student corps which have clung tenaciously to a precarious existence (see Embassy’s despatch No. 2697 of February 29, 193666).

The first decree prohibits association with any of the still extant corps by Party members or members of the Party-affiliated organs such as the S. A.67 and the S. S.,68 while the second decree calls upon all members of the officially favored National Socialist Student League to sever their connections with the student corps. The obvious intention of these two measures is to complete the isolation of the corps and to make it clear to any student who still dares to join one that in so doing he may seriously impair his prospects for a career.

  1. Transmitted to the Department by the Chargé” in Germany in his despatch No. 2836, May 19; received May 29.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Sturmabteilung.
  4. Schutzstaffel.