Report on the German journey (Oldenbroek): 1933
As the ITF was approached for assistance very often lately, as it was necessary to know about the situation inside the country and the situation of various Trade Union leaders living there, a journey into Germany imposed itself. As the Secretaries are too well known the Office Manager undertook it together with a former Gesamtverband Official now residing in Holland as a Refugee.
The Journey by autocar was uneventful. They were treated courteously at the frontier and further inside Germany. lt was difficult sometimes to contact people, as these are afraid of SA and SS visits as well as visits of the Gestapo. It takes therefore a lot of ringing before they open doors and sometimes they do not open their doors at all. Jochade was not at home, but his wife opened after much ringing. She told them they had been spared of visitations. Compromisign papers had been brought into safety. She also told them about the Nazi terror. They could not wait for Jochade and proceeded to Rudolpg, w[h]o lived nearby. They took all preacutions that were possible, avoided to alarm neighbours, as reporting is ripe in Germany now. A neighbour's report may cause great trouble.
Rudolph was at home. He reported the whole movement had flown asunder, there was no contact, people did not know of one anothers fate. It seems that there was a spy in the Gesamtverband National Committee who was however expelled by the Nazis and sent to a Concentration Camp. The telephone operator and someone in the despatch department were in the Nazis' pay. In the Einheitsverband there was someone (the name could not be ascertained) who wanted to ingratiate himself with the Nazis after 2 May but did not find any favour with them.
In April Rudolph, w[h]o has a heart disease, was at Kudowa. When he heard about the participation of the Gesamtverband in the May celebrations, he returned on 2 May just in time for the occupation of the Building. He as well as President Reissner, Vice-President Becker and Editor Ditmar were summarily dismissed. Some who had been cooperative in the winding-up operation, received up to 2 000 Mark. Rudolph received exactly 147.- holiday money. Long illnesses of wife and daugthter (his wife dies recntly) left him without savings. His son-in-law was dismissed from the Berlin Port Authority as a marxist and they lived now together in Rudolph's house on 40.- per week, of which 11.50