Elisabeth Schmitz Resigns from Teaching
Following the events of November 9, 1938, Elisabeth Schmitz drew the personal consequence of no longer serving the Nazi state. She no longer wanted to be the civil servant of a government that allows synagogues to be set on fire. She had ceased going to her school since the night of the pogrom, initially with the aid of a medical certificate.
The forty-five year old submitted an application for retirement on December 31, 1938. She wrote to the Berliner school board: I have become increasingly doubtful whether I can teach my purely ideological subjects – religion, history, German – as the Nazi state expects and demands of me. And she stated: Since this constant moral conflict has become unbearable, I feel compelled to submit the application above.
Thanks to civil servants well-disposed toward her, her application was approved on April 1, 1939 and she was granted a pension.
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- © Original: Dietgard Meyer. Abdruck: H. Erhart/I. Meseberg-Haubold/D. Meyer: Katharina Staritz 1903–1953. Dokumentation 1: 1903–1942. © Neukirchener Verlagsgesellschaft Neukirchen-Vluyn, 2002.