Ever since he purged his Party in blood, Realmleader Adolf Hitler has shown a jittery eagerness to receive from as many Germans as possible great oaths of personal fealty. The whole Reichswehr from privates to generals cried "I swear by God this holy oath!" (TIME, Aug. 13). So has the Navy, the brownshirt Storm Troops, black-pantalooned Special Guards, the police. Finally last week Realmleader Hitler decided to take no further chances on the unsworn loyalty of the Germans who now know him best, his Cabinet.

Not even to Paul von Hindenburg was ever...

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