Martin Bormann


National Socialist German Worker's Party


The Fuhrer's Deputy

Chief of Staff


Munich, August 16, 1937

Braunes Haus

III / 04 - Hc.


To the

Highest SA Leadership



Barer-Strasse 11.


RE:  employment of members of the SA auxiliary northwest.


Please find enclosed the copy of the minutes of a meeting with auxiliary worker H o l l e r b a c h e r, Camp Oberach near Tegernsee, Unit 1 / NW / 7, as well as a petition from auxiliary worker Otto H a l d e r, SA member, Camp Nordalb-Deggingen / Wurtemberg.

From their reports, it has become clear that they were not able to find civilian employment, because, in one case, of disregard for the official discharge date, and in the other, because he has not yet finished his education.

These two cases, as well as other frequently reported complaints from auxiliary workers which also concern the organization of the work forces of auxiliary northwest give me cause to express my opinions here.

In my view, the noblest mission of the auxiliary must be the total advancement of the professional placement of its members.  The urgency of this task is obvious.  Its realization serves, first of all, an easing of the auxiliary budget, moreover, it is in the interest of the SA workers, who are counseled there, to whom an opportunity must be given to emerge from, in some cases, years of vocational inactivity.  It has been our experience, that the moral demeanor of the men who are at the peak of their creative power has to suffer because of a longer stay in the camp without a clear and reachable aim.  Besides, the employment of some professionally qualified auxiliary workers should be in the interest of the implementation of the four-year-plan.

Under these circumstances, in my opinion, it is not justifiable that employment of auxiliary members be tied to the adherence of fixed discharge dates.  Naturally, the auxiliary members will have to align their petitions of discharge with regard to the date of their future employment. However, by their discharge dates, many will not yet be in the position to state, if and when they will commence their employment.  However, with the hitherto custom of the auxiliary, they are in danger of not being able to begin their often painstakingly attained positions, and therefore lose them.  At least, it must be demanded that with sort-term extensions of the dates, as in the case of H o l l e r b a c h e r, there must be exceptions to these fixed rules.

It can be concluded form these complaints that the auxiliary's obviously unnecessary bureaucratic handling in this case, which one is accustomed to with old-fashioned bureaucracies, is unintelligible to the affected auxiliary members, and therefore, evokes their bad feelings.  In my view, compared to the need for a consistent employment of the auxiliary members, the possible administrative and other misgivings should be disregarded.

The same principal should also be valid for cases of incomplete education, as for example in the case of Haider.

I ask you to resolve, as quickly as possible, this question with a thorough and satisfactory solution, and inform me of the outcome of your efforts.  Moreover, I ask for an investigation of and a solution to the above mentioned cases, as well as a report of steps taken.


Heil Hitler,


M. Bormann


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