Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

Meyer was one of the very few Jews working in Foreign Office. Most of Casements mail both coming in to Germany and going out passed through Meyer's office, and it is believed that some if not all were read by German censors.

1914 Nov 24. Meyer writes a Foreign Office memorandum asking for the transfer of the Irish prisoners to Limburg to be speeded up

1914 Dec 25 Meyer writes a FO memorandum "The Admiralty Staff requests to instigate Irish in America, through intercession of Sir Roger Casement to far reaching saborage in United States and Canada. " They are to contact Naval or Military Attachees in New York

1915 Jan 16. Casement writes to Meyer about the sending of Bryan Kelly to Dublin from Berlin

1915 Jan 20. Casement writes to Meyer about getting some money to pay his hotel bill, and about Father Nicholson's arrival in Berlin.

1915 Mar 8. A long letter from Casement to Mayer about payments to Christensen of $1000 for Christensen's trip to USA, and about passport and press issues.

1915 Mar 8. Meyer sends Nicholson 240 marks which Nicholson acknowledges

1915 Mar 15. Casement writes to Meyer about freeing Irish civilians from internment at Ruhleben

1915 April 15. Meyer discusses with Nadfolny the issue of Plunkett's coming to Berlin, and Nadolny agrees to authorise it.

1915 Jun 21. Meyer involved in exit of Plunkett from Germany

1915 Aug 14. Meyer informs Casement that he can have a passport to anywhere at any time he requests it.

1915 Aug 19. Casement thanks Meyer for the passport information, and asks that Father Crotty be given a pass to increase his movement to other POW camps.

1915 Sep 28. Casement thanks Meyer for help with supplies for Irish in Zossen, and passes on information about his contacts with the USA.

1915 Oct 12. Casement asks Meyer to get Zerhusen's suggestions implimented in improving relation between the Irish and the Germans at Zosse.

1915 Nov 8. Casement to eyey about Gaffney and Christensen's movements.

1915 Dec 1. Casement tells Meyer that "fully 40 men " have volunterered for Egypt

1916 Jan 26 Meyer to Casement about Krebbs and Monteith. Casement is in hospital in Munich

1916 Feb 22. Meyer notes that he has heard from General Staff that they are prepared to send arms to Ireland.

1916 Mar 4. Casement asks Meyer for a new passport.

1916. Apr 12. Meyer writes memorandum recording the departure of Casement and the other two by submarine on 11 Apr.

1933. The official charged with investigating the possible alliance was the German ambassador in Moscow, Herbert von Dirksen. Ambassador Dirksen was one of the ministry’s most able men. He had previously served as the consul general in Warsaw, was highly educated, possessing a doctoral degree in law, spoke several languages fluently, and enjoyed the respect and friendship of most of his colleagues. Richard Meyer, the chief of the Foreign Ministry’s Political Division, informed Dirksen that the Polish government intended to send its second special mission to Moscow in the near future and the selection of delegates indicated the mission’s serious nature. Meyer added, “We have reason to believe that the Soviet Union is seeking some sort of agreement with the Polish government.”

While straining to defuse highly combustible Polish-German relations in early 1933, Bülow and his Foreign Ministry colleagues suddenly found themselves the focus of state police scrutiny. On March 10, Richard Meyer of the Political Division received a confidential report over a recent police action. In the preceding weeks, secret police had arrested some twenty individuals on charges of spying and high treason. These people were allegedly involved in a Polish spy ring engaged in industrial espionage for the Polish Air Force. Those arrested included high-profile members of Germany’s élite, such as the son of the famed World War I hero General Erich von Falkenhayn, and prominent industrialists, such as Joseph von Berg, director of Siemens’ Air Armaments Division.

1935 Neurath’s steadily decreasing influence was exacerbated by the loss of five of his key Weimar-era colleagues. When the Nuremberg laws denied Jews the rights of citizenship on September 15, 1935, Meyer, a Jew who had ably headed the ministry’s Political Division, and Köpke, the ministry’s West European Division chief (who had a Jewish grandmother), were forced from office. No evidence suggests that Neurath held strong anti-Semitic views, for he worked alongside Meyer and other Jewish ministry officials for years. Yet when Meyer and Köpke were forced from office, neither Neurath nor Bülow, nor any other ministry colleagues, protested by resigning in solidarity. Neurath did, however, arrange for their pensions to be paid in foreign currency to help them emigrate should they wish

1936 Hitler rejected Meyer's application to keep his citizens's rights

1939 allowed to leave for Sweden by Nazi Government because of his many years of service.

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