By James J. Barnes
Why could a journalist who used to be an ardent socialist and an anti-Nazi in the course of the waning years of the Weimar Republic choose to visit paintings for the Gestapo overseas? Hans Wesemann, a veteran of worldwide struggle I and a profitable journalist, fled his local Germany in 1933 after writing a few anti-Nazi articles. as soon as in Britain, he came upon lifestyles tricky and uninteresting, and therefore, for a couple of purposes, agreed to provide the German Embassy in London with information regarding different refugees. necessarily, Wesemann turned ensnared in his personal treachery and suffered the consequences.
During the unstable and experimental years of the Weimar Republic, Wesemann utilized his urbanity and cynicism to the research of politics, excessive tradition, and renowned ideals. He dared now not stay in Germany as soon as Hitler got here to strength. as soon as operating as a Gestapo agent, he used to be implicated within the kidnapping of a German exile onto German territory and spent enormous time in a Swiss legal. even though he used to be ultimately freed and ready to subscribe to his fianc^D'ee in Venezuela, his unsavory prior could proceed to hang-out him in South the USA and later within the United States,
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55. Der Angriff (Berlin), 10 March 1931, p. 1. 56. Die Welt am Montag, 15 Feb. 1932. 57. , 4 April 1932. 58. , 18 April 1932. 59. , 13 June 1932. 60. Ibid. 2 ENIGMATIC EXILE, MARCH 1933–A UGUST 1934 Once Hitler was Chancellor, the Nazis swiftly consolidated their power. First, they had exploited the Reichstag Fire in late February 1933 to promulgate Emergency Decrees which effectively deprived many Germans of their civil rights. Then, in early March the national elections gave them an increased plurality of seats in the Reichstag.
Wesemann also alleged that Ilse refused to view marriage as a sacrament, but only a legal convenience, and openly admitted that she didn’t intend to have children. A long delay ensued because Wesemann had to write to Father Bernhard Wienhold, the priest who had baptized him in Rio de Janeiro seven years earlier, asking for a certificate of baptism, although he himself was vague about the date. When he first applied to the Bishop of Southwark in 1933 he had said that it had taken place in the spring of 1927, but when he wrote to Father Wienhold he mentioned December or January 1925–1926.
29 April 1929. 25. , 13 Oct. 1930. 26. Ibid. 27. , 26 March, 7 May, 3 Sept. 1928; 18 March, 11 Nov. 1929. 28. , 18 March 1929. 29. , 25 Aug. 1930. 30. , 14 Dec. 1931. 31. , 31 Oct. 1927. 32. , 14 Nov. 1927. 33. , 19 Dec. 1927. 34. , 6 Feb. 1928. 35. , 25 June 1928. 36. , 2 April 1928. 37. , 11 June 1928. 38. , 28 Oct. 1928. 39. , 8 Oct. 1928. 40. , 3 March 1930. 41. , 24 March 1930. 42. , 21 Aug. 193l; 3 Aug. 193l; 4 June 1928; 24 Oct. 1932. 43. There is an account of this speech in J. Toland, Adolf Hitler (New York: Ballantine Books 1976), p.