1 April 1933
Letter suspending Sergius Reiter from his duties at Telefunken
The boycott mentioned in the letter had officially begun throughout the German Reich at 10 am the same day. This meant that the anti-Jewish violence and destruction were in full swing when the letter was written. The state-organized, propagandistic “Jewish boycott” targeted Jewish businesses, department stores, doctor’s offices and law firms.
Sergius Reiter did not work in any of these fields. He was a salaried employee in the patents department of a large international company. Was the letter a response to pressure or even orders from the government? Or was it merely a precautionary measure designed to protect Reiter from the lawlessness and violence reigning on Berlin’s streets?
The documents in Reiter’s estate do not provide any answers to these questions. All that is certain is that Reiter was allowed to return to work a few days later.
Gesellschaft für drahtlose Telegraphie m.b.H.
1 April 1933.
Due to the boycott we are suspending you from your duties until further notice.