Letter from Max Rehder to Theodor Rehder, 1935

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27 March 1935

My dear Theodor and family!

Thank you for your lovely lines you sent to me on Nov 17 last year. I would have responded earlier, but I did not have the time. A lot has been expected of me, especially regarding my political activities. I have been a member of the city council since last fall, I am the vice team leader of the local NSDAP. I am the counselor of 4 commissions, so not a day goes by where I do not have any meetings.
But I do not mind working this much, because it is for a good cause and for our leader Adolf Hitler. It is getting better in Germany, people are working again, you can see smiling faces and we all have to thank our Adolf Hitler for that. The sales are also improving, money is still tight, but we will soon have more of it. We do not have any unemployed people in Sylt anymore and this also goes for many other areas in Germany.
If I had a lot of money now, I could repay you my debt. I could purchase some cheap dollars here and pay into your savings at account the Reichsbank in Berlin, but like I said, money is still very scarce. You would not get the money anyway, so I might as well just keep it for now.
Except for a minor cold we are all fine health-wise. Dad and mom are alive, but dad is not light on his feet. Dad is 72 now and mother turned 69.
Did you get my newspaper, I hope so. You were able to see for yourself how it is here. Your newspapers are written by Jews and they are lying. The Freemasons also have control over your newspapers and Freemasons and Jews are a pest to the people.
We are re-arming for the next season, the season of 1934 was quite good. Germany is at peace, the people can work and the spas are being visited again. In May we will have 3,000 national comrades here, who will travel with the NSDAP organization “Kraft durch Freude” (Strength through Joy). Mostly workers and employees, who can get to know their homeland for a small amount of money.
I hope that you and your family are doing fine, too, and the same goes for your shop! What are Louis and George up to, please also pass on my regards to them. For now, I send my kind regards to you and your family, yours,
Hans Rehder

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Letter from Max Rehder to Theodor Rehder, 1935


German Relatives; Correspondence; National Socialism;


Rather more upbeat letter from Max Rehder, which he attributes to his satisfaction at the new National Socialist government, as well as his burgeoning position within it. He still can't pay Theodor back, however.


Rehder, Max




Special Collections, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City
















Box #1, Ted Rehder Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa


1935-03-27; Berlin, Iowa; Tama County; Schleswig-Holstein; Sylt, Germany; Westerland, Germany; Berlin, Germany