27 April 1933
Announcement by the management of Edmund Jacobi Nachfolger concerning the holiday on 1 May
In the city of Regensburg, Alfred Binswanger (1860–1933), director of the liquor manufacturer Edmund Jacobi Nachfolger, asked his staff on 27 April 1933 to participate “fully” in the celebrations and, without exception, to “make themselves available to their organizations.” Binswanger had been arrested without reason just a few weeks earlier and now had to watch the ideological alignment (Gleichschaltung) of his company from the sidelines and urge his workers and employees to go along with the measures.
Parades were held throughout the country. A major state ceremony was held in Berlin and Hitler delivered a radio address. The new regime intended to integrate workers as quickly as possible and even the trade unions joined in the celebrations. In keeping with this general sentiment, the works council at Edmund Jacobi Nachfolger supported the management’s appeal, stating in an almost threatening tone: “There can be no slackers among us.”
However, the unions’ hopes that they could continue to exist legally under the new government were dashed a few days later: union headquarters were occupied, leading union officials were arrested and union assets were confiscated.
In accordance with the regulations of the Reich government, our company will be closed on
1 May 1933, the National Day of German Labor.
Wages for this day will be paid as usual.
We feel compelled to point out that it is of the utmost importance to us that our workers and commercial staff participate fully in the national celebrations on this day and that, without exception, they make themselves available to their organizations. In particular, we expect our staff to take part, without exception, in the evening march leading to the rally at Jahnwiese field.
Regensburg 27 April 1933.
The management of Edmund Jacobi Nachf. Regensburg.
(signed A. Binswanger)
The works council of the company Edmund Jacobi Nachf. Regensburg supports the above appeal by management and also calls on company employees to participate fully in the celebrations. There can be no slackers among us and non-attendance on the grounds of illness will be accepted only if attested by a physician.