tionalists. His murderers were allowed to escape to Hungary--while the police followed a really remarkable number of false clues--and there were given refuge on the estate of Julius Goemboes until the storm blew over.
A little less than a year later, on 24 June 1922, Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was murdered by Lieutenants Erwin Kern and Hermann Fischer, also members of the Ehrhardt Brigade. Rathenau, a prominent Jewish industrialist, had, as foreign minister, been steering the Republic on a course of international co-operation and understanding--with Soviet Russia as well as the western powers. He opposed extreme nationalism, warning the Germans that they were no master race. He attempted to secure an adjustment of the tangled reparations question through understanding rather than provocation. Although a man of great wealth, he considered social reforms necessary and spoke against 'the hereditary enslavement of the lower classes.' He was one of the few moderate German statesmen with a positive policy and yet capable of winning popular support. His murderers committed suicide at Saaleck Castle in Thuringia to become 'heroic martyrs' of the budding fascist movement.
Rathenau's death came as a profound shock to Germany. Once more the force of the lost revolution asserted itself, giving the Republic a chance to grasp and profit by its strength. The people rushed into the streets of the cities, trying to show how they felt and seeking some way of destroying the menace which hung over them. The Government feared them more than murderers and was relieved when they returned bewildered and exasperated to their homes. The aimless drift towards catastrophe went on.
from The Outlaws by ERNST VON SALOMON, translated by Ian F. D. Morrow
SOMETHING was brewing in the country. There was one army which had to be disbanded on account of the peace treaty, and another secret army which began mobilizing. Commissions were abroad in the land, consisting of obsequious individuals in frock