Thursday 15 February 2024

The opera "Brundibár", Terezin, 1944. Many of the children in the film were sent to Auschwitz


Emil Maurice was an early member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party) and a founding member of the Schutzstaffel (SS).



At 16 February 2024 at 11:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

EMIL MAURICE WAS AN EIGHTH JEWISH .The case of Maurice is an interesting one, and also one where many rumors and common misconceptions persist.

One is the assumption that Maurice was saved from persecution as a Jew thanks to Hitler's intervention. That is actually not the case.

Emil Maurice had one Jewish great-grandparent: His paternal great-grandfather Charles "Chéri" Maurice, a well-known, successful and highly respected theater owner and -manager in his day, who converted to Protestant faith in 1832. This made Emil Maurice what was known as an "Achteljude" ["one-eighth Jew"] in the terminology of the day. Achteljuden were not affected by the Nuremberg laws and could become civil servants, military officers and even members of the Nazi Party. However, one thing they could not become was SS officers, as these had to prove "Aryan" ancestry as far back as 1750.

In the late Twenties, there had been prolonged troubles between Hitler and his erstwhile best friend Maurice. This had to do, among other things, with Maurice's engagement to Geli Raubal (it was more than a mere affair) and the danger of his ancestry becoming public. Following a successful labor court lawsuit by Maurice against Hitler over the matter of his being laid off as Hitler's driver, Maurice was dismissed from the SS in 1928, although he remained a Party member.

Hitler's and Maurice's ways parted for several years until the well-known dramatic changes of 1933 gripped Germany.

With the Nazis firmly in power, many open accounts with political opponents and undesirable elements within the movement were settled. Maurice started to fear for his life and was especially shook up by the fate of his good friend and former RFSS Erhard Heiden, who was kidnapped from a café and vanished. (His dead body was found months later.) These fears were well-founded: Heydrich and Himmler had set their sights on him, Himmler being especially eager for revenge, as Maurice, during his time as the first Inspector of the SS, had at one point disciplined and temporarily suspended him.

At this point, Maurice's father gave his son a bit of pragmatic and, it turned out, wise advice: "Go into the lion's den". Maurice sought out a meeting with Hitler and in April 1933, the two men had a long talk in which they settled their differences and mutually admitted their fault in the past mistakes and misunderstandings. (Obviously, Geli Raubal, being dead by the time, no longer stood between them...)
Unlike the extremely vengeful and merciless Stalin, Hitler often showed an oddly soft side when it came to the "old fighters" of the early days and the talk was of immense benefit to Maurice: Much to Himmler's chagrin, he was accepted back into the SS and swift promotions would follow: Sturmbannführer and Obersturmbannführer in 1933, Standartenführer in 1934 and Oberführer in 1939. He would also become a city councillor for Munich (1933), a deputy in the Reichstag (1936) and the chairman of the Munich Chamber of Trade (1937). These posts may have held little political or executive power, but they came with prestige and financial compensation. Also, Hitler regularly supplied his watchmaker's business with orders for gold watches intended as personal gifts.

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