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NSDAP Gau Leadership
Ref. No. 11/35/-B5768 Secret
To the Kreisleiters of the Gau of Hessen Nassau.
Subject: Action by the Party to keep Germans in check until
the end of the war.
Reference: Order of the party Chancellery dated 10.2.45

I request the Kreisleiters to discuss the following with the
Ortsgruppenleiters at the next official discussion and
simultaneously draw attention hereby to the need for secrecy
and radical action in these measures.

1. Every German must be subjected to strict supervision
regarding his political firmness and will-power.

2. If during this supervision weaklings are found, i.e.
Germans who perhaps have or might have the idea that we are
losing the war or that the best thing would be to stop
fighting, etc., these Germans are to be given fresh
strength, and faith in Adolf Hitler is to be aroused in them

3. If Germans are found who spread the story that we have
lost the war and that we are on the brink, this rumour is to

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countered with all available means. The Kreisleiters are to
have these Germans reported to them and are to ask the
Gestapo to arrest them, according to the position of the

I consider an occasional arrest or the transfer of some
Germans to concentration camps as the best method of
eliminating such rumour-mongers.

4. The Ortsgruppenleiter must without fail keep all Germans
in check and must without fail see to it that they all keep
a stiff upper lip to the end because if courage and anger
against the enemy fail behind the front, we shall lose the

5. It is clear to me that our enemies are crossing the Rhine
and entering our Gau too, but they will not conquer the
whole of Greater Germany and above all not National

6. The Kreisleiters are given strict and secret orders to
withdraw, on the approach of the enemy in every area, to the
centre of Greater Germany.

All files, particularly the secret ones, are to be destroyed
completely. The secret files about post-war reconstruction,
purges among party members, the administration, enlargement,
installations and deterring work in the Concentration Camps
must be destroyed at all costs. Also the extermination of
some families, etc. These files must under no circumstances
fall into the hands of the enemy, since they were after all
secret orders by the Fuehrer. I also hereby give the order
that Germans who do not defend themselves on the approach of
the enemy or who wish to flee, are to be shot down
ruthlessly, or, where suitable, hanged to frighten the

                                              [sgd] Sprenger
                     Gauleiter & Commissar for Reich Defense
[in pencil]

To the Kreisleiters of the Gau of Hessen-Nassau.
Ref. No. I/B 37869/8
Subject: Discussion in the Fuehrer's H.Q. about measures
still to be carried out before
     the end of the war and ones that must be carried out
     very rapidly after the victorious conclusion of the
1. National Health

After the national X-ray examination, the Fuehrer is to be
given a list of sick persons, particularly those with lung
and heart diseases.

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On the basis of the new Reich Health Law, which is still
being kept secret to begin with, these families will no
longer be able to remain among the public, and can no longer
be allowed to produce children. What will happen to these
families will be the subject of further orders by the

2. The Party as a Model for Work.

All Germans in good public or private appointments must, as
far as possible, be pushed out of these jobs under all
circumstances and replaced by Party members. An Armed Forces
exchange of Party members and other Germans is shortly to be
carried out. The names of Non-Party members who could
eventually be considered for the Armed Forces and called up
in exchange for Party members, are to be sent immediately to
the Recruiting District H.Q. Those Party members who, after
the victorious termination of the war, are to form the
foundation-stone of Greater Germany, are to be kept back
from the front up to the last moment. Party members who are
not entirely objectionable are to be released.

3. Legal Proceedings.

No Party members may be brought before a court. In case of
criminal proceedings, these are to be conducted by the
Kreisleitungen. Party members are to be got off under all
circumstances, even when they are inculpated. The good
reputation of the Party must under no circumstances be
stained publicly, as the party is and remains the model. It
is always the Non-Party members who are to be inculpated. To
the eyes of foreigners, one must always show a solid party
which can never be split up and whose leadership corps and
Party members are unity itself.

4. Food Supply.

The Fuehrer has again pointed out that the special weekly
food ration cards are to be used in strict secrecy and that
the supplies are always to be bought in different places.
The cards will in future be distributed by the Gauleiter.

Further weekly increases for the Party leadership are coming
into force shortly:

Meat, approx. 12500 grams and fat approx. 500 grams.

Ortsgruppenleiters who are not down as self-providers, can
also send in requests to the Kreisleitungen. I again point
out the need for strict secrecy.


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