SIX ORIGINAL OFFICIAL ‘PATRIOTIC’ YEARBOOKS PUBLISHED BY NSDAP LEADERSHIP

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The yearbooks are named after Albert Leo Schlageter, a decorated veteran of World War One (he received the Iron Cross First and Second Class). Schlageter became a member of the Freikorps. During the French occupation of the Ruhr region in 1923, he led an illegal group that resisted the French occupying forces by means of sabotage. A number of trains were derailed in order to disrupt supplies to the occupiers. On 7 April 1923 Schlageter was betrayed, arrested by the French, tried by court-martial on 7 May 1923 and sentenced to death. On the morning of 26 May he was executed on the Golzheimer heath near Düsseldorf, Germany. After his execution he became a hero to some sections of the German population and since 1933 one of the principal heroes of the National Socialists. Hanns Johst wrote Schlageter (1933), a heroic drama about his life. It was dedicated to Adolf Hitler and was performed on Hitlers first birthday in power as a theatrical manifesto of Nazism. Several important military ventures were also named after him, including the Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter fighter-wing of the Luftwaffe, and the naval vessel Albert Leo Schlageter. His name was also given as a title to two SA groups, the SA-Standarte 39 Schlageter at Düsseldorf and SA-Standarte 142 Albert Leo Schlageter at Lörrach. A Wehrmacht complex near Freiburg was also named after him.

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