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Volume 003
Subdivision "Subdivision 7 / Nazi Party"
Part 1
Section 7.08(b)
Title OCC Brief, Section 1. II.C.3.b. The Nazi conspirators destroyed free trade unions and obtained control over the productive labor capacity of the German nation
Pages 11
Pages Supplemental This document is paginated a-k but letters a-f are not printed on the respective pages.
Date Not dated
Language English
Author Captain D. A. Sprecher
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler, Ley; Muchow; Lutze; Frick; Josef Simon; Lorenz Hagon; Gustav Schieffer; Staimer; Herrmann
Other Dates 21 April 1933; 4 April 1933; 7 April 1933; 2 May 1933; 3 May 1933; 4 May 1933; 10 May 1933; 16 May 1933; 19 May 1933; 24 June 1933; 26 June 1933; 27 June 1933; 20 January 1934; October 1934; 26 June 1935; 29 August 1935; 20 December 1935; 14 September 1936; 22 December 1941; 29 December 1941; 20 September 1943
Abstract This brief summarizes the methods by which the Nazis destroyed German labor unions and seized control of German factories. Labor leaders were purged, imprisoned, harassed, assaulted, sent to concentration camps, and murdered. Workers were organized according to the principles of militant fascism. The Nazis confiscated union funds and property for their own enrichment. This document is a typewritten copy on brittle, browning paper.
Keywords Trade unions; "Free Trade Unions"; Christian Trade Unions; General German Trade Union Federation; General Independent Employees Federation; Weimer Constitution; Mein Kampf; Jew; NSDAP; SA; SS; "protective custody"; "List of Outlaws"; Confiscated property; "Factory Troops"; "Strength Through Joy"