Victor Klemperer in Dresden: To the Bitter End: Diaries:
Bauer said: ”It was a lot of trouble getting you here, because we have enough men, are supposed to hire women. We hit upon the expedient of lending you to the Mobius company. You are on our payroll, you are officially employed by us, no other companies apart from those already authorized to do so are to employ non-Aryans.
"My friend Mobius also belongs to the SS, but you need have no fears because of that, his thoughts on these matters are even more radical than mine. Only I beg you, you must not say that you are well off with us. On the contrary, you must complain about bad treatment; otherwise we will get into trouble, and it will be to your detriment above all. Schluter essentially failed because he got a reputation for being favorably disposed to Jews…”
We went to Jagdweg; after a while Bauer also arrived; we were led to our employees’ room; a little later Mobius and Dr. Lang appeared. Mobius also a man in his thirties. When he spoke, he was even friendlier than Bauer; he shook hands with each of us, asked each one as to his profession, when he came to me, he said with a slight bow, that he already knew…
We are now, in all secrecy, given our food gratis, and in all secrecy, potatoes, which Mobius himself has fetched from the country. We get an hourly rate of 68 pfennigs, although we could and should get the 50 pfennigs of the women’s rate.
In this respect I liked Bauer even better than Schluter. Schluter said: ”I do not want my workers to suffer; I have paid them well.”
Bauer said more straightforwardly: “We would gladly pay you even more; perhaps a production bonus can be arranged later on. We are prevented from doing so by the price freeze. Otherwise – the high wages don’t hurt us! On the contrary, businesses do better out of them, because they can deduct the costs from taxes.”...
In a railway compartment an officer and a lady, reading. Two ladies get on and begin to complain loudly about the government. As the complaints become increasingly unrestrained, the officer says he’s had enough now, can they just shut up. The women show their Gestapo badges: “It’s bad enough that you as an officer listened so long without saying anything. And the lady there didn’t protest at all. You will both be charged.”
A star-wearing Jew is abused on the street, a small crowd gathers, some people take the Jew’s side. After a while the Jew shows the Gestapo badge on the reverse of his jacket lapel, and the names of his supporters are noted.