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Translation of document 3390-PS
[Letter from Seyss-Inquart to Keppler] Vienna, 25 Oct., 1937. Dear Mr. Keppler! Above all, I want to ask you for a mailing address to which I can from time to time forward a report to you quickly and safely. In my opinion the main problem is that our correspondence has to be handled with strict privacy towards third persons, in so far as depending on the content, the most important personalities are not to be bothered with the reports transmitted. It is contrary to our neutral intentions, that beyond that these letters bear the character of secret reports, because their content is always the result of conversations with the most important authorities and is always covered by the order, which we received from them. I personally should think it most appropriate, if I could in any case write to you at your private mailing address by airmail; I would have to make sure only that the letters reach you personally and are not opened in the office. I have had consultations with Zernatto and Schmidt. I have especially informed both gentlemen that the Berlin conference was concerned with the solution of the time factor as well. Both begin to show some understanding of this. The exerting of influence on the Chief might also be undertaken in this direction. I don’t think it impossible that the latter’s trip, undertaken a short while ago, is somehow connected with these communications. Perhaps one wishes to establish some connection between the time solution and the already existing plans of the Donau solution. In any case, I shall consider it very desirable if the matters per se come to a start in this direction. I found special understanding for the necessity of a further step of intra-state nature in the fields of economy, the armed forces, and even the press. The gentlemen informed me in very frank discussions that the hindrances partly of a technical, partly of a political nature were extremely great here, but both gentlemen decided to support those propositions of mine, which I discussed with you in regard to this matter. I hope that at least the preparation for a solution of the personnel question can be paved in the military field also. It will also depend here above all on whether or not the negative impression of the last conversation between GI.H. and the chief, which he held during my absence and about which I reported, has too strong after- effects. The two state secretaries [Staatssekretaere], however, were agreeably impressed by my suggestion to this effect and show a real interest in the continuation of these plans. The press-matters fall into a larger category [Kombination], which takes time; however I should like to bring up even at this time several items, above all in the field of inner-political agreement. As far as the question of the preservation of the national substance is concerned, which can thus be solved by way of the exclusion of the discrimination against the Nationals, I have received, in regard to the principle of the matter, important promises from Zer., which now are to be made concrete by the means of appropriate formulation and official announcements. Even in this case the only possible line, which becomes ever clearer, lies in that field which we mentioned in our last discussion, just as I believe, that we will arrive at the time solution probably only by way of the "German Front,” whereby I refer especially to the supporting framework [tragende Geruest], which, in this connection, also was the subject of our discussion. Of the details I want to mention the following: Enclosed I am transmitting the copy of a letter from Langoth. I draw our attention especially to the last paragraph. I suggested to Langoth that he admit Schmidt, who is a personal acquaintance and probably a confidant of the captain into legal relief work [Hilfswerk] with the special task of controlling the expense, i.e. of watching to whom the money goes, how it is used, and how the monopolies are [Regien]. He is also to watch that the relief-work machine does not begin to become politically active and that it does not become a second party-organization. This suggestion on my part has fallen on fertile ground, and can be activated. I don’t feel I am able to furnish any better proof of the manner in which I work and in which I view my task than this proposal. I now ask you to use all your influence toward the end that Langoth actually received S 30,000- [30,000 Schilling] by way of normal remittance. If S 20,000.- are added to that amount that will certainly be very good, as since the sums are divided accordingly. In our conversation we have referred to the fact, that Langoth, in order to supplement his accounts, could use the means which were promised him by Bk. I have now received a confirmation of the fact, that the inclusion in this manner finds full protection. If Langoth drives out for this purpose, then he will receive an appropriate communication from me with reference to this statement of Bk. I ask you to accomplish if possible, that S 30,000 arrive by way of normal transmittal, that approximately S 20,000.- be brought in by Langroth, and if then the S 20,000.- are added to this, as mentioned here, then this is not to be rejected. For the sake of completion, I want to report that our host [Unterstandsgeber] at Mondsee, as I hear, after a discussion with the captain, in any case with latter’s consent, is to call at Obersalzberg, in person to cause the SS to subordinated to the captain’s command. Furthermore, that industrialist, who in the affair of Vassenmeyer handed in an indictment, has called in various national economists and requested them to break off all connections with Vassenmeyer, because the latter had severely violated discipline and because proceedings had been initiated. I have thought over our discussion in the Alpine affair and consider the steps in consideration as answering the purpose. With the German salute, Yours very sincerely, 1 Enclosure Esteemed Mr. Wilhelm Keppler, Berlin W 8 Behrenstrasse 39 a.