Gestapo comments about third leaflet

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 3, number 4, Christian overtones: This now comes clearly into view. Christian expressions multiply. E 14, Creature. … E 38, cloak of wisdom (compare with A 26). E 19, according to God’s will. E 35, scattered throughout the world as dust upon the wind. E 39, spawn of hell. … In E 11, there was already a reference to civitas dei, which is a Latin quote from Augustine. …

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 4, number 8: Caution regarding propaganda. … E 34, the author is not a monarchist.

Yesterday’s expert analysis, page 6, 2nd paragraph: I determined that the appeals did not have the tone of an embittered loner. In E 46, this is explicitly expressed. In addition, the author perceives himself to be surrounded by like-minded people (E 23; F 10). …

I described the author as an intellectual. In the new material, this is once again clearly evident. The author cites largely unknown passages from Goethe and Schiller, and in addition, Novalis, Aristotle, and Lao-Tse. In E 94, he speaks of the “lower social classes”. … The typical intellectual [Note 1] viewpoint reveals itself again in E 72 ff. in the call to sabotage, where the author’s interest is suddenly shifted away from the war industry and lingers for an even longer time on science, culture, art, etc. …

C – F also point to residence in Germany, as was assumed. A remark in E 30 points to prattle that is typical for Munich.

The intellectual soil from which this author originates reminds me most of Wilhelm Stapel: Here we have the same connection between nationalism [Note 2], modified anti-Semitism, and a political theology that stems from Protestantism, yet which demonstrates interdenominational tendencies. For further examination of these theses, I will first have to acquire the material. …

The author has absolutely no serious positive agenda [to offer]. This is even clearer in C – F. He wants to rally opposition (D 23), and passive resistance should be set in motion. But how this is to be coordinated with the militaristic necessities of war is never addressed at all (E 59). This speaks to the same naïveté [described earlier] and even more clearly to the complete irresponsibility of the author. …

In E 23 and C 28 there are announcements of sequels that go unfulfilled. …


General Note: In Harder’s memorandum, C = Leaflet 1 by Hans Scholl, D = Leaflet 2 by Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell, E = Leaflet 3 by Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell, F = Leaflet 4 by Hans Scholl, A = Leaflet 5 by Hans Scholl, B = Leaflet 6 by Kurt Huber. I have extracted only the analysis of Leaflet 3 in this post. – Note that dating as July 1, 1942 is based the date the first leaflets were mailed (around July 3 or 4) minus a few days.

Note 1: Intellectual only, not geistig.

Note 2: Originally said Nationalsozialismus or National Socialism, but the “Sozial” has been crossed out in the original document.


Source: ZC13267, Harder’s memorandum dated February 18, 1943

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