Register of the Artur Dinter papers

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Register of the Artur Dinter papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Brad Bauer
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Elizabeth Konzak
© 2008 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Artur Dinter papers
Dates: 1895-1948
Collection number: 2008C63
Creator: Dinter, Artur
Collection Size: 6 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Contains diaries, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life and career of the anti-Semitic writer and ideologue who was a follower of Adolf Hitler as well as the Nazi and völkisch movements in Germany during the 1920s.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: German

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Artur Dinter papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1876, June 27 Born, Mühlhausen, Elsass (Mulhouse, Alsace)
1895-1896 Serves in German Army, 130th Infantry Regiment, Saargemünd, Lothringen (Lorraine)
1896 Begins university studies in Munich
1899 Obtains degree in natural sciences, University of Strasbourg
1903 Doctor of science (chemistry, physics, geology), University of Strasbourg
  Director of botanical school garden, Strasbourg
1904? Returns to Strasbourg, appointed director of theatre in Tann, Elsass (Alsace)
1904 Establishes a chemistry laboratory at a German school in Constantinople
1906 Director and dramaturge, municipal theater of Rostock
1907 Appointed director in Schillertheater, Berlin
1908 With Max Dreyer and Heinrich Lilienfein, founds the Verband Deutscher Bühnenschriftsteller und Komponisten, and directs its publishing house until 1914
1914? Removed from various theatrical posts after giving an anti-Semitic speech during a circus performance
1914 As a senior lieutenant in the reserves, is mobilized into active service with the 136th Infantry Regiment at the outbreak of war, and shortly thereafter is wounded in France
1917 After contracting cholera while serving in Russia, is discharged from the armed forces
1917-1918 Settles in Gräfenroda, Thüringen, begins writing, and makes anti-Semitic speeches throughout Germany
1917 Publishes Die Sünde Wider das Blut
1920 Publishes Die Sünde Wider den Geist
1922 Publishes Die Sünde Wider die Liebe
1923 Has an audience in Munich with Adolf Hitler, and pledges his loyalty to Hitler and his cause
1924 Elected to the provincial parliament (Landtag) of Thüringen, and works to lift ban on the Nazi party
1925 Upon reorganization of Nazi party (NSDAP), Hitler appoints Dinter as Gauleiter of Thüringen
1927 Resigns from parliament and at his request, Hitler removes from him the duties of Gauleiter, so that he can dedicate himself to religious activities. Founds Geistchristliche Religionsgemeinschaft in Nürnberg
1928 Expelled from Nazi Party after publishing an article on religion and National Socialism in "Geisteschristentum," the publication of his organization
1931-1933 Actively seeks reinstatement in the Nazi Party, and offers his services to Hitler after latter comes to power in 1933, but is rebuffed
1933 Changes name of his organization to the "Deutsche Volkskirche, e.V.," and situates headquarters in Bad Homburg
1937 The Deutsche Volkskirche is banned, Dinter moves to Zell am Harmersbach (Baden)
1939-1940 Fights attempts by government (?) to confiscate the Wartburghaus, the headquarters of the Deutsche Volkskirche in Bad Homburg
1941-1942 Asks Winifred Wagner to appeal directly to Hitler for Dinter's reinstatement into Nazi party and for removal of ban on Deutsche Volkskirche
1948, June 21 Died, Offenburg (Baden)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Artur Dinter Papers contain diaries, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life and career of the anti-Semitic writer and ideologue who was a follower of Adolf Hitler as well as the Nazi and völkisch movements in Germany during the 1920s. Best known at that time for his anti-Semitic novels, in particular Die Sünde Wider das Blut, Dinter later turned his attention to creating a Christian theology that was separated from its Jewish roots, and his religious activities, including his founding of the Deutsche Volkskirche, led to a break with Hitler and his expulsion from the Nazi party.
The bulk of Dinter's papers consist of Diaries that he began keeping during his university years, and resumed during his service with the German Army during World War I. Later diaries cover the years following the ban on the Deutsche Volkskirche, and continue through World War II. These latter diary entries are complemented by the Correspondence series, which document his legal battles with the government following this ban, as well as attempts by the authorities to expropriate the Wartburghaus, the headquarters of the Deutsche Volkskirche in Bad Homburg. In particular, correspondence with his attorney, Franz Heydenreich and his cousin, Alfred Kunert, documents this struggle. Correspondence also includes Winifred Wagner, the daughter-in-law of the composer Richard Wagner, to whom Dinter turned for help, hoping that she could intercede personally with Hitler on his behalf.
The Miscellaneous material includes various notebooks, financial records, depositions given by Dinter during various legal hearings during and after World War II, calendars, a family history of Dinter, a diary about his young son, Siegfried, and a portrait given to Dinter by Houston Chamberlain. The Photograph section contains snapshots and portraits of Dinter, his family, friends, and associates, ranging from the 1890s in Strasbourg through the 1930s. Included are two photo albums with family photographs and events at the Wartburghaus in 1936-1937.
The one box of Oversized Material contains volumes of the newspaper published by the Deutsche Volkskirche, Die religiöse Revolution, and a scrapbook sized leaf of photographs of Dinter, his wife, and various associates.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series, by type of material.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei.
Germany--History--1933-1945.
Germany--Religion.
National socialism.

Related Material

Robert Holtzmann papers, Hoover Institution Archives (contains a file of correspondence with Dinter in regard to the Tannenbergbund)
Friedrich Katz collection, Hoover Institution Archives (contains pamphlet material from Dinter)
Karl von Loesch collection, Hoover Institution Archives (contains pamphlet material from Dinter)

Collection Contents

Box: 1-3

Diaries, 1895-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript and typescript entries, in bound notebooks. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

1895

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

1896

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

1898

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

1900

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

1902

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

1903

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

1905

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

1906

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

1907

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

1914-1916

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

1916

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

1917-1918

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

1919, June-August

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

1919, September-November

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

1919, November-1921, December

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

1936

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

1937, July-1939, January

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

1939, January-1940, April

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

1940, April-1943, February

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

1944, July-1945, May

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

1945, May-1948, February

Box: 4

Correspondence, 1939-1943.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically.
Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Heppner, Heinrich, 1939-1940

Box: 4

Heydenreich, Franz

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

1939

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

1940

Box: 4

Kunert, Alfred

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

1942

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

1943

Box: 4

Lamoller, Rudolf, 1937

Box: 4

Wagner, Winifred

Box: 4 : 7

1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

1942

Box: 4-5

Miscellaneous, 1919-1946.

Scope and Content Note

Calendars, legal depositions, newspaper clippings, notebooks, pin, and portrait. Arranged by type of material.
 

Calendars

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

1937-1943

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

1945-1946

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

1946-1947

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

Clippings about ban on Deutsche Volkskirche, e.V., 1937

Note

(also see Box 7)
Box/Folder: 4 : 13

Drawing of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, inscribed by Chamberlain to Dinter, 1919 (?)

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Family history, 1916

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Financial records, Waldruh, 1919-1922

Box: 5

Legal depositions of Arthur Dinter

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

1940, March 14

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

1940, April 9

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

1940, December 23

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

1946, March 4

Box: 5

Notebooks

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

Diary about birth and infancy of Dinter's son, Siegfried (in volume titled "Das Evangelium"), 1930-1931

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Diary of illness, 1942

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

English vocabulary, 1945-1946

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

Unsere Rheinreise, 1932

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

Pin with insignia of Deutsche Volkskirche, e.V.

Box: 6

Photographs, 1895-1955.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in rough chronological order.
Box/Folder: 6 : 1

Women, unidentified, from Strasbourg, circa 1895

Box/Folder: 6 : 2

Dinter's father, circa 1911

Box/Folder: 6 : 3

World War I, various, circa 1914-1915

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

Erich Ludendorff, inscribed photo-postcard, 1924

Box/Folder: 6 : 5

Artur Dinter giving speech, 1927

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

Artur Dinter, inscribed photo-postcard, 1936

Box/Folder: 6 : 7

Friedrich Magnus Graf zu Solms-Wildenfels, 1939 and undated

Box/Folder: 6 : 8

Portraits of Artur Dinter, undated

Box/Folder: 6 : 9

Sculpted bust of Artur Dinter, undated

Box/Folder: 6 : 10

Unidentified, women and family members, 1897-1955 and undated

 

Photo albums

Box: 6

1930-1936

Box: 6

1936-1937

Box: 7

Oversized Material, 1934-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Bound volumes of newspapers, photograph leaf.
Box: 7

Photographs of Dinter's wife and associates, pasted on scrapbook page with Deutsche Volkskirche emblem, undated, circa 1937

Box: 7

Large format clippings about ban on Deutsche Volkskirche, e.V., 1937

Box: 7

Die religiöse Revolution, Numbers 18-72, December 1934-June 1937