Martin Bormann Signs Secret Decree Excluding Clergy From Holding Office in Nazi Party

Martin Bormann Signs Secret Decree Excluding Clergy From Holding Office in Nazi Party

Martin Bormann
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Martin Bormann signs a secret decree, issued under his authority as Chief of Staff to Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess, excluding clergy from holding offices in the Nazi Party.

Bormann's order states:

"The neutrality of the Party with respect to the Churches, which has been emphasized from the beginning, demands that any possible friction be avoided.

Clergymen, as political leaders, or as leaders or section leaders in the Party and its affiliated organizations, do not dispose of the required freedom of decision in their dual capacity, as has been shown by experience; moreover, there is the danger that on account of their Church office they will involve the movement in the Church struggle on their side.

The deputy of the Führer has therefore ordered: 1. Clergymen holding positions in the Party are to be immediately relieved of their Party functions."

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