As I, as a worker, came to know them, the aims of German trade unions were political, and there were a number of various trade unions with varied political views.
Although as a sailor I despised politics - for I loved my sailor's life and still love it today - conditions forced me to take up a definite attitude towards political problems.
The Diet was dissolved by a Reich Government decree.
I had repeatedly made written requests to the Fuehrer that I might be allowed to join the Wehrmacht as an ordinary soldier. He refused to give me this permission.
It so happened that I was on a German sailing vessel on the way to Australia when the ship was captured, and on the high seas I was made prisoner by the French.
I had to examine myself very thoroughly to find the right path personally.
I could not have the honour of being a German soldier because of my imprisonment in the First World War. And in this world war the Fuehrer refuses to allow me to serve as a soldier.
The dissolution of the trade unions was in the air then.
At that time we were very definitely told that under no circumstances should there be any secret chapters or any other secrecy in the life of the Party, but that everything should be done publicly.
As a cabin boy on a Norwegian sailing ship I earned five kronen a week in addition to my keep.
I attended the elementary school at Schweinfurt and the secondary school.
One day I heard a speech of Hitler. In this speech he said that the German factory worker and the German labourer must make common cause with the German intellectual worker.
The controversies between the proletariat and the middle class had to be smoothed out and bridged over by each getting to know and understand the other.
I was member of the Diet as long as it existed, until May 1933.
The citizen parties, by an absolute majority, elected a National Socialist Government.
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