- Yg. 1925, No. 37 -
Herr von Hindenburg, who has hitherto received and made visits only, has become active: he rules. He has made his first official act: he has repealed the ordinance, which had curtailed the former officers of William the right to wear the uniform.
One feature: weighed and found too light! At this time, when the need among the people is increasing once again, this “representative of the will of the people”, this “savior” so loudly advertised, manages to dedicate his first official act to the masquerade needs of his former colleagues. In addition, we apparently have a President of the Republic, who first and foremost does his best to iron out the Wilhelminian livery!
Notabene: the lawful regulation of this uniform question by the Reichstag was imminent. But the old officers were right in saying that the people's representatives would not give them the license they wanted, the right to wear their livery as they wished. Then the good Hindenburg in the Reichstag vacation had to quickly take the matter and put the parliament before a fait accompli.
And the "democratic" Minister of Defense Geßler, who had to countersign the ukase, also gave himself up to anticipate the decision of the people's representatives.
Two questions arise: Can the Reichstag please? And: how long does the German Democratic Party want to embarrass itself with this Mr. Gessler? When does she overwhelm him and send him out, giving a free pass to German nationalities?
And Mr. Hindenburg? No plums grow on an apple tree. Even if he still sounds so many pacifist tones and whispers pacifying words that have been learned to him, he still remains who he was. Unfortunately, the beloved uniform, which in his current position is no longer allowed to walk as often as he used to be to return his old colleague, is a matter of the heart.
The war cripples from the team and NCO stand on the other hand still have to run around in shabby civilization. It would also be too embarrassing for the German public and the individual well-disposed Germans to be reminded at every turn by the sight of paralyzed people, limping, one-armed, one-eyed, coughing, nervous tremblers in uniform, that these countless numbers are part of themselves have given up for Germany, to be resigned from her dear country with a begging penny.
It is better to allow those who - as healthy! - get their adequate pension to parade in blue, red, epaulets and spurs. The Sight is more enjoyable.
1925,37 · Ix
The smaller the patriotic will, the greater the national gesture; patriotic celebrations are decidedly easier to perform than estate taxes.
1923, 9 · Hermann Mauthe