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Franz von Papen

  • German politician
  • Born October 29, 1879
  • Died May 2, 1969

Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen, Erbsälzer zu Werl und Neuwerk (German: [fɔn ˈpaːpn̩] (listen); 29 October 1879 – 2 May 1969) generally known as Franz von Papen, was a German conservative politician, diplomat, nobleman and General Staff officer. He served as Chancellor of Germany in 1932 and as Vice-Chancellor under Adolf Hitler in 1933–34. Born into a wealthy family of Westphalian Roman Catholic aristocrats, Papen served in the Imperial German Army from the age of 11 onward and was trained as a German General Staff officer.


It is to be hoped that the leaders of this movement will place the nation above the party.




The nation demands a movement which has written upon its banner the internal and external national freedom that it will act as if it were the spiritual, social and political conscience of the nation.




It is conceivable that a party might gain the majority in parliament and claims the government for itself.




Party domination and State leadership are concepts incompatible with one another.




The essence of conservative ideology is its being anchored in the divine order of things.

The essence of conservative ideology is its being anchored in the divine order of things.




We decline the claim to power by parties which want to own their followers body and soul, and which want to put themselves over and above the whole nation.




Names and individuals are unimportant when Germany's final fate is at stake.



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