Deutscher Bund Canada -STAMPED -
Germany's National Awakening Seen By a Foreign Observer (outstanding
International Questions series) Geneva
April 1934, 100 pages illustrated.
Contains some early pictures of the National Socialist revolution. Much on the
Deutscher Bund Canada (Deutscher Bund Kanada also known as
the Canadian Society for German Culture, German Association of Canada and
German League of Canada Inc.) was founded January 1, 1934 in Waterloo, Ontario.
Five Canadian Hitler supporters Ernst Kopf, Otto Geisler, Georg Messer, Paul
Lechscheidt, and Karl Gerhard were the Bund's first members. The group was less
political than it’s predecessor the Friends of New Germany and wanted to
emphasize social and cultural aspects of the recent German Revolution. The
Canadian Bund did not wear uniforms but did wear swastika armbands at their
meetings. Karl Gerhard, the group's leader from Montreal, was a NSDAP member
under the direction of the Hamburg-based Auslandsorganisation der NSDAP (AO),
which dealt with Party matters abroad. The second leading figure of the Bund
was Bernhard Bott of Winnipeg. The Bund organized German-language schools,
cultural facilities, and recreational clubs and had around 2,000-2,500 members.
They had their own schools in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Kitchener. Its
affiliate the German Labour Front had an estimated 500 Canadian members.
However the German-Canadian Bund had no intention in becoming a mass
organization a but wanted an elite who would train other Germans in Canada with
völkisch beliefs and attitudes. Interestingly the Bund did not have formal
associations with other Canadian fascist organizations such as the National Unity
Party. The RCMP began to arrest Canadian Bund leadership in September 1939 the
first month of World War II in Europe. By May 1940, 400 key members were
interned in detention camps. The group issued a newspaper from Winnipeg called
Deutsche Zeitung für Canada.
Very good copy, extremely scarce.