By the numbers

And so the stories continue, man by man. Of the 778 men (including twenty women) in my sample, 83 percent were NSDAP members. 35 percent had joined before 1933. Table 1 shows the occupations that the NSDAP members I was able to look up at the National Archives NSDAP Master File listed on their membership cards at time of joining. It compares the Old Fighters on the left and the New Fighters on the right. Both sides are heavy on artisan trades and light on members of the Arbeiterklasse. On the left side one finds a preponderance of merchants and creative professionals, such as architects and engineers. On the right are the Beamten and Angestellten.

Table 1: Occupation at Time of NSDAP Membership
Joined 1932 and Earlier Joined 1933 and Later
Occupation Number Occupation Number
Total 229   290
Various 146 Various 81
Beamter 10 Beamter 116
Angestellter 9 Angestellter 79
Administrative Assistant 1 Architect 1
Apprentice 1 Bank Official 2
Architect 5 Bank Teller 3
Auditor 1 Bauer/Peasant 1
Bank Official 1 Bookkeeper 6
Bookkeeper 7 Builder 2
Cemetery Caretaker 1 Bürgermeister 1
Chief Installer 1 Carpenter 1
Choirmaster 1 Certified Technician 1
City Master Builder 1 Chemist 1
Concierge of City Hall 1 Civil Engineer 3
Dentist 1 Dance Teacher 1
Doctor 1 Disinfector 1
Draftsman 1 Electrical Installer 1
Druggist 2 Employee of Merchant 5
Electrician 4 Factory Director 1
Employee of Merchant 3 Factory Engineer 1
Engineer 2 Farmer 3
Expeditor 2 Gardener 1
Factory Inspector 1 House Caretaker 1
Farmer 2 Innkeeper 1
Farmhand 1 Junior Lawyer 1
Forester 2 Laborer 1
Gardener/Landscaper 5 Lawyer 4
Gas Installer (Gasmontierer) 1 Librarian 1
Hairstylist 1 Master Builder 2
Head Gardener 1 Master Builder 1
Head Waiter 1 Master Gardener 1
Homeowner 2 Medical Practitioner 1
Horse Taxi Driver 2 Merchant 3
Innkeeper 1 Miner 1
Knitter 1 Musician 1
Kulturbautechniker 2 Office Manager 1
Lackerer 1 Orderly 1
Locksmith 1 Plistograph 1
Lumber Dealer 1 Policeman 3
Magistrate Official 1 Pupil 1
Mason 2 Saddler 1
Master Bookbinder 1 Sales Rep 1
Master Builder 1 Savings Bank Employee 4
Master Roofer 1 Shop Assistant 1
Mechanic 1 Student 6
Merchant 38 Tailor"s Assistant 1
Metalworker 1 Teacher 2
Miller 2 Typesetter 1
Miner 1 Typewriter 1
Office Assistant 2 Vocational Student 1
Official "out of service" 1

Policeman in Training 1

Pupil 1

Rector 1

Ship"s Officer 1

Shoemaker 1

Shop Employee 6

Shopowner (Händler) 1

Stadtrentmeister 1

Steward 1

Streetcar Conductor 1

Student 3

Tailor 3

Tailor"s Assistant 1

Technician 2

Traveling Salesman 4

Veterinarian 2

Werte (?) 1

As I was looking through the membership cards, I was struck by the fact that almost none of the Old Fighters were bureaucrats when they joined the Nazis. Instead they had the same kinds of occupations as the Landräte on the Landratsliste who were simultaneously Kreisleiter. As far as Beamter went, their career prospects under the Nazis were much better if they had applied in secret before 1933 and paid their membership dues under the table, than if they waited until 1933 or 1937 to join. But were the Mayflies who went East “careerists”? Possibly I am reading too much “plastic man” into the concept of careerist? So far these people appear quite activist to me.

And so the stories continue, man by man. Of the 778 men (including twenty women) in my sample, 83 percent were NSDAP members. 35 percent had joined before 1933. Table 1 shows the occupations that the NSDAP members I was able to look up at the National Archives NSDAP Master File listed on their membership cards at time of joining. It compares the Old Fighters on the left and the New Fighters on the right. Both sides are heavy on artisan trades and light on members of the Arbeiterklasse. On the left side one finds a preponderance of merchants and creative professionals, such as architects and engineers. On the right are the Beamten and Angestellten.

Table 1: Occupation at Time of NSDAP Membership
Joined 1932 and Earlier Joined 1933 and Later
Occupation Number Occupation Number
Total 229   290
Various 146 Various 81
Beamter 10 Beamter 116
Angestellter 9 Angestellter 79
Administrative Assistant 1 Architect 1
Apprentice 1 Bank Official 2
Architect 5 Bank Teller 3
Auditor 1 Bauer/Peasant 1
Bank Official 1 Bookkeeper 6
Bookkeeper 7 Builder 2
Cemetery Caretaker 1 Bürgermeister 1
Chief Installer 1 Carpenter 1
Choirmaster 1 Certified Technician 1
City Master Builder 1 Chemist 1
Concierge of City Hall 1 Civil Engineer 3
Dentist 1 Dance Teacher 1
Doctor 1 Disinfector 1
Draftsman 1 Electrical Installer 1
Druggist 2 Employee of Merchant 5
Electrician 4 Factory Director 1
Employee of Merchant 3 Factory Engineer 1
Engineer 2 Farmer 3
Expeditor 2 Gardener 1
Factory Inspector 1 House Caretaker 1
Farmer 2 Innkeeper 1
Farmhand 1 Junior Lawyer 1
Forester 2 Laborer 1
Gardener/Landscaper 5 Lawyer 4
Gas Installer (Gasmontierer) 1 Librarian 1
Hairstylist 1 Master Builder 2
Head Gardener 1 Master Builder 1
Head Waiter 1 Master Gardener 1
Homeowner 2 Medical Practitioner 1
Horse Taxi Driver 2 Merchant 3
Innkeeper 1 Miner 1
Knitter 1 Musician 1
Kulturbautechniker 2 Office Manager 1
Lackerer 1 Orderly 1
Locksmith 1 Plistograph 1
Lumber Dealer 1 Policeman 3
Magistrate Official 1 Pupil 1
Mason 2 Saddler 1
Master Bookbinder 1 Sales Rep 1
Master Builder 1 Savings Bank Employee 4
Master Roofer 1 Shop Assistant 1
Mechanic 1 Student 6
Merchant 38 Tailor”s Assistant 1
Metalworker 1 Teacher 2
Miller 2 Typesetter 1
Miner 1 Typewriter 1
Office Assistant 2 Vocational Student 1
Official "out of service" 1

Policeman in Training 1

Pupil 1

Rector 1

Ship”s Officer 1

Shoemaker 1

Shop Employee 6

Shopowner (Händler) 1

Stadtrentmeister 1

Steward 1

Streetcar Conductor 1

Student 3

Tailor 3

Tailor”s Assistant 1

Technician 2

Traveling Salesman 4

Veterinarian 2

Werte (?) 1

As I was looking through the membership cards, I was struck by the fact that almost none of the Old Fighters were bureaucrats when they joined the Nazis. Instead they had the same kinds of occupations as the Landräte on the Landratsliste who were simultaneously Kreisleiter. As far as Beamter went, their career prospects under the Nazis were much better if they had applied in secret before 1933 and paid their membership dues under the table, than if they waited until 1933 or 1937 to join. But were the Mayflies who went East “careerists”? Possibly I am reading too much “plastic man” into the concept of careerist? So far these people appear quite activist to me.

January 12, 2008 in History