Alexander Schmorell furloughed to study

In Autumn of 1940, I was furloughed from the medical unit so I could continue my studies. …

I was assigned to the 2nd Student Company for purpose of my studies. Till now, I have received monthly war-time pay of RM 135 [$1,080], basic military pay of RM 54 [$432] monthly, and ration allowance of RM 64 [$512], = RM 253 [$2,024]. My father has paid for my education; I have also lived with him. Continue reading

Schmorell – Oath of Allegiance

When I joined the German army in 1937 (I volunteered), I swore the oath of allegiance to the Führer. However, I freely admit that even then, I had inhibitions about so doing, but I attributed them to unfamiliar military life. I hoped I would develop another mindset in the ensuing time. But I was wrong, because in only a short time I sank into such inner conflict [Note 1], whenever I considered that on the one hand I was wearing a German uniform, and on the other hand that I cared about Russia. At that time, I did not believe that there would ever be war with Russia. Continue reading

Alexander Schmorell’s childhood

I was born on September 16, 1917 in Orenburg / Russia. Regarding the reasons my birthday is also sometimes referred to as September 3, 1917, that has to do with the Russian calendar. [Note 1] At the time of my birth in Russia, my father worked [there] as a medical doctor. I do not know when my parents married. When I was 2 years old, my mother Natalie nee Wedenskaja died of typhus. I do not have any siblings. Continue reading