8 April 1933
Letter from the President of the Regional Court I to Gerhard Intrator
Gerhard Intrator (1910–1993) received the notification shown here on 8 April. One day earlier, on his twenty-third birthday, the Nazi regime passed the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, which initiated the alignment (Gleichschaltung) of the civil service. The letter, sent by the president of Regional Court I, suspended Intrator from his traineeship in the civil service. After four years of university studies and one year of work as a law clerk, he now faced an entirely uncertain future. In the ensuing weeks, he was barred from any form of employment in the judicial system.
In early June Gerhard Intrator was fortunate enough to find a job in the administrative department of Gebrüder Berglas Mechanische Kammgarnwebereien, the worsted yarn company run by his cousin. Although he had no chance of ever working in the German judicial system, he completed his doctorate in June 1934 with a dissertation titled “The Content, Purpose and Fate of the Failed 1908 Draft Criminal Procedure Code, with Special Emphasis on the Constitution of the Criminal Courts.” On the advice of his professor, he had decided against pursuing his original topic: “The Criminal Law Program of the National Socialist Workers’ Party.”
Gerhard Intrator emigrated to the United States in 1937. During the following years, he did everything he could to save his parents. They managed to flee to Cuba via Lisbon in early 1942, and in April 1943 they finally reached New York, where Gerhard’s father died one day after his arrival.
President of Regional Court I
19. z 153/15
Berlin C.2, 8 April 1933.
Tel.: E.E. Kupfergraben 0010.
Under decree proclaimed by the Prussian Minister of Justice on 31 March 1933 (I.9343) and the order issued by the President of the Appeals Court on 2 April 1933 (IJ6/A.2337), the employment of clerks of Jewish descent in the civil service training program is prohibited for the time being.
Should this restriction apply to you, I have instructions to advise you to file an application for leave of absence until further notice.
You are requested to submit the application immediately and make an official declaration that you are no longer in possession of official files or books.
On behalf of:
Regional Court Director