national community

- Yg. 1930, No. 10 -

According to the nationalist ideology, the “home” of the people consists of platitudes in which the members of the patriotic associations can romp about. Anyone who does not participate belongs to the uprooted masses and is essentially un-German. In the provincial town of X, too, such a national bulwark has formed from all strata of the population; they meet there from time to time to be the only representatives of the good old days to protest against the mass and class madness of the modern age in public rallies. Among those present there is for example:

The homeworker A. She is engaged in beadwork and earns in the hour 10 to 16 pennies; their dwelling consists of a plastered, non-heatable chamber; their education comes from the reading book of the Catholic elementary school; their religiosity is in the Sunday papers.

Lieutenant-General B. He receives from the Republic an annual pension from 14.000 Mark, and he still enjoys interest on a small fortune; the apartment for the family of two consists of six rooms with bathroom and other accessories; the education smells of Kadettenhaus, tempered by a visit to the Stammtisch in the Hotel Y; Religiosity: Wotan cult.

The industrial worker C. He receives in the factory an hourly wage from 80 Pfennig, of which still leave the social contributions. The apartment for his family of five consists of a large and a small sloping room and kitchen share; Education: Protestant elementary school plus patriotic press; Religiousness consists of the endeavor to be remembered in all cases in the support organizations of the congregation.

The parish priest D. He receives a monthly salary of about 800 Mark and is entitled to a pension; his official residence consists of a spacious detached house with garden and ample accessories; his education: academic; his religiosity: of course.

The farmer E. He comes to an hourly wage of about 24 Pfennig; the apartment for his family of seven consists of a living room and two plastered chambers; his education: village school plus 11 years home calendar; its religiosity: nature religion with a respectful shot of consciousness of tradition.

The Kommerzienrat F. He is a member of the Supervisory Board and has an annual income of around 100.000 Mark; he owns a villa with 11 rooms and a smaller servants' building; his education consists of a dark reminder to the Gymnasium plus reading of the Scherl magazine and the trade press; his religiosity only makes its breakthrough on high feast days.

At first glance it certainly appears as if these people have nothing “in common”, but when the keynote speaker speaks of a left-wing and mostly Jewish-looking enemy who wants to steal “it”, which he naturally agrees with Cohesion of the association will never succeed, then this common ground breaks out in a tumultuous enthusiasm, and everyone vows in holy anger to hold up the flag of genuine Germanness in his part. It is only when they are at home, in the attic, in the parish garden, in the palace, that they ask themselves what they are supposed to hold up and don't know the answer.

1930, 10 Kurt Debil