The Zeiss-board kept the authority provided for it in the company bylaws, but its decisions were to be represented to the outside by one person, August Kotthaus.On the other hand, the leadership provided clear support for the Nazi-government, including stating in a company notice that it would fire a leading employee who had rejected a personal appeal to participate in the German parlimentary elections of 1933 (where all parties outside the Nazi-party were banned) From 1933 summer camps for Zeiss-apprentices were also coordinated with the "Ernst Abbe" Hitler Jugend group, and apprentices who were not members of the Hitler Jugend were excluded from participating.Zeiss Jena also provided some military equipment to other countries either directly or through licensing.For example Zeiss Jena had a secret 20-year licensing agreement regarding military instruments with Bausch & Lomb since 1921, which provided the company with more than 1 million RM from 1921-1936.Willy Merté (a high ranking specialist, designer of e.g.Biotar, Orthometar, Biotessar, who later was picked out for work at Zeiss Oberkochen), which resulted in Wandersleb receiving a police summons and warning.
Regarding race he also came into arguments with Dr.
In the last part of the 1930s both China and Japan were notable importers.
In total, however, exports went down from about 60% of total revenue in 1932/33 to only about 20% in 1935/36.
According to Rolf Walter before 1933 there are, as far as is known, no noted employee files where basic personal convictions are considered regarding employment.
This would be in line with Ernst Abbe's founding principle from 1896 that world-view or ideological or confessional convictions were not allowed to be considered in hiring employees, at a time when there were several jewish scientists and other workers at Zeiss.