The Friends of the New Germany was an effort to build a support group for the Third Reich in America, especially in New York. Official membership cards were printed, entirely in German, with a logo that combined the American flag with the swastika. This card was signed by Gertrüd Müller, who gave her address as 15 West 64th Street. She volunteered in the office and attended group meetings regularly for several months. Her membership number was 121, suggesting that 120 members may have signed up before her. The full size of the Bund is not known with certainty, but in one anecdote, members of the Friends laughed in private when one of them claimed the group had 10,000 members, a deliberate exaggeration.
Below is a translation of the resource:
The “Friends of the New Germany” League
Local Chapter: New York City
[Small print circling the swastika:] Friends of the New Germany
Membership Card No. 121
for Mr. Gertrüd Müller
Address: 15 W. 64th Street N.Y.C.
Joined on 21 June 1933
New York 1 February 1934 for the National Headquarters
[Seal on upper right:] Friends of the New Germany
[Seal on the lower left:] Friends of the New Germany, National Headquarters
Please Note: Changes of address are to be reported immediately to the local
chapter. Every member must report their departure to the local chapter
before traveling to Germany. The membership card is only valid if current
dues are paid up. After a year’s membership, upon sending in the membership
card, 2 passport photos, and a 25-cent processing fee to the local chapter, a
member’s certification will be issued.
[The abbreviations on the stamps: “F.D.N.D” stands for “Freund des neuen
Deutschland,” or Friends of the New Germany; “Beitrag” means “dues”; “Sp”
may stand for “Spende” or “donation”; and “M.B” is probably “Mitgliedsbuch,”
the certificate that was issued after a year’s membership.]
Friends of the New Germany, Membership Card, February 1, 1934. Paper. Gift of Channa and Shragai Cohen, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NY, 2000.A.335. Translated for the New-York Historical Society by Jeffrey Essmann, 2012.
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