Carl Röver

Carl Georg Röver (12 February 1889 in Lemwerder – 15 May 1942 in Berlin) was a German Nazi Party official. His main posts were as Gauleiter of Weser-Ems and Reichsstatthalter of Oldenburg/Bremen.

Carl Georg Röver
Gauleiter of Weser-Ems
In office
Succeeded byPaul Wegener
Reichsstatthalter of the Free State of Oldenburg
In office
Prime MinisterGeorg Joel
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byPaul Wegener
Reichsstatthalter of the Free City of Bremen
In office
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byPaul Wegener
Minister-President of the Free State of Oldenburg
In office
Preceded byFriedrich Cassebohm
Succeeded byGeorg Joel
Personal details
BornFebruary 12, 1889
Lemwerder, German Empire
DiedMay 15, 1942 (aged 53)
Berlin, Germany
Political partyNational Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)

Early years

Röver saw service in the First World War, initially with the regular army before joining the Propaganda department of the Oberste Heeresleitung. He became a member of the Nazi Party in 1923.[1] He also joined the Sturmabteilung, rising to the rank of Obergruppenführer.[1]

Nazi career

Already before the Nazis came to power, Carl Röver acted as Gauleiter in Oldenburg, that by 1932 was already ruled by the National-Socialists. When in September 1932 the Oldenburg superior church council, the executive board of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg, decided to give permission to use the St. Lambert's Church in Oldenburg city for the sermon of the African Pastor Robert Kwami Röver reacted immediately, directing racist tirades against Kwami, the Norddeutsche Mission and the superior church council demanding to postpone the sermon. The Nazi-party called upon the State Ministry of Oldenburg, the Nazi-dominated state government, to stop the sermon.[2] Despite the public threats by the local Nazis that were later become known as the so-called Kwami Affair, the sermon was carried out as planned September 20, 1932. Röver was appointed to the post of Reichsstatthalter for the states of Oldenburg and Bremen in April 1933 after the Nazi regime reorganised local government in Germany.[3] In this post he played a role in the perpetration of the Holocaust as he personally signed the order for every Jew deported from Bremen during his life.[4]

However, in this role Röver also clashed with Hermann Göring as the Reichsmarschall, as Minister President of Prussia, made no secret of his desire to incorporate Bremen into Prussia. Röver, however, opposed the move consistently and managed to convince Adolf Hitler to decline Göring's requests.[5]

He was something of a favourite of Martin Bormann, a fact that helped to ensure that when an Arbeitsbereich ("working sphere" - an external unit of the Nazi Party) was set up in the neighbouring occupied Netherlands most of its staff were drawn from Weser-Ems.[6]


Röver suffered a stroke in May 1942 and died soon afterwards, Paul Wegener succeeding him as Gauleiter.[7] His official cause of death was listed as pneumonia.[1] His state funeral proved a lavish event, with Adolf Hitler himself in attendance and Alfred Rosenberg delivering the eulogy.[8] Röver's cause of death is disputed by David Irving, who claims in his book Hitler's War that Röver was killed by Nazi agents who had been sent specifically by Martin Bormann.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Zweite aktualisierte Auflage, Frankfurt am Main 2005, p. 504.
  2. ^ Georg Joel und Jens Müller an das Oldenburger Staatsministerium. Printed in: Klaus Schaap: Oldenburgs Weg ins „Dritte Reich“. Quellen zur Regionalgeschichte Nordwest-Niedersachsens, Heft 1. Oldenburg 1983, Dokument Nr. 157. See also: Bekenntnisgemeinschaft und bekennende Gemeinden in Oldenburg in den Jahren der nationalsozialistischen Herrschaft. Evangelische Kirchlichkeit und nationalsozialistischer Alltag in einer ländlichen Region, Bd. 39, Teil 5, p. 52.
  3. ^ Peter D. Stachura, The Shaping of the Nazi State, Taylor & Francis, 1978, p. 216
  4. ^ David Cesarani, Holocaust: The "final solution", Routledge, 2004, p. 83
  5. ^ Maiken Umbach, German federalism: past, present, future, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, p. 131
  6. ^ Dietrich Orlow, The History of the Nazi Party 1933-1945 Volume 2, David & Charles, 1973, p. 306
  7. ^ Orlow, The History of the Nazi Party , p. 352
  8. ^ Orlow, The History of the Nazi Party , p. 358
  9. ^ David Irving, Hitler's War, p. 392

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Gau Weser-Ems

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Kwami Affair

The so-called Kwami-Affair has been caused by Carl Röver, Nazi-Gauleiter of Weser-Ems, and the Free State of Oldenburg, when he attempted to prevent a sermon held by the Ghanaian Pastor Robert Kwami September 20, 1932, in the St. Lamberti Church in the city of Oldenburg.

Robert Kwami, a representative of the Protestant Ewe-Church, had come to Germany in summer 1932. He was invited by the Norddeutsche Missionsgesellschaft in order to hold a lecture tour with sermons in Northern Germany to inform the German people about Christianity in the former German colony of Togo and to collect donations to support the young African church. Donations had been scarce in the age of depression. 60 events had been planned, but due to the great public interest 150 lectures and sermons were carried out in 82 towns in Lippe, East Frisia, the County of Bentheim and in the Free State of Oldenburg.

By 1932, when in the Supreme Consistory (Oberkirchenrat) of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg decided to give permission to use the St. Lambertikirche for the sermon of the African pastor, the Oldenburg free state had already been governed by the NSDAP. Gauleiter Carl Röver, who was also Minister-President of Oldenberg, reacted immediately, directing racist tirades against Kwami, the Norddeutsche Mission and the supreme church council demanding to postpone the sermon. The Nazi-party called upon the State Ministry of Oldenburg to stop the sermon.The church parish asked Heinrich Tilemann, member of the Oberkirchenrat, for help, who defended the plans of the church. However, Röver could not be stopped, and in a speech September 16, 1932 incited the members of the Nazi-party to take action. Concerned about the security of Robert Kwami the parish, Oldenburg Pastor Erich Hoyer sent an open letter to 35 German newspapers wherein he accused the Nazi-minister of arousing hatred against the church and the initiators of the sermon, asking for an apology.In the meantime church councillor Dr. Buck, expecting uproar and violence from the Nazis, asked Oldenburg's mayor Dr. Goerlitz for police protection.Despite the public threats by the local Nazis, the sermon was carried out as planned September 20, 1932. Robert Kwami, not only fluent in German, but also of German citizenship, held his sermon in the afternoon and a lecture in the evening. The event was a great success. About 2000 people filled the pews of the church, with people waiting in front of the church to listen, to support Kwami, and to encourage the young African pastor. Due to the open letter that Pastor Hoyer had sent to 35 newspapers, the “Kwami-Affair” had become a topic talk not only in Germany. British and Dutch newspapers too covered the event.

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