Franz von Papen

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The hope in the hearts of millions of national socialists can be fulfilled only by an authoritarian government.

Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen (29 October 18792 May 1969) was a German nobleman, Catholic politician, General Staff officer, and diplomat, who served as Chancellor of Germany (Reichskanzler) in 1932. The central role that Papen played in Hitler's appointment as Chancellor in January 1933 was reflected by Papen's indictment at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, though he was acquitted on formal reasons, the tribunal deciding that his "political immoralities" were not under its jurisdiction.

Quotes[edit]

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.

1930s[edit]

  • The events of the past one and one-half years have gripped the whole German people and affected them deeply. It seems almost like a dream that out of the valley of misery, hopelessness, hate, and fragmentation we have found our way back to a German national community. The horrendous tensions in which we have lived since the August days of 1914 have dissolved, and out of this discord, the German soul has emerged once again, before which the glorious and yet so painful history of our people pass in review, from the sagas of the German heroes to the trenches of Verdun, and even to the street fights of our time.

1940s[edit]

  • But Hitler didn't strive for the annihilation of the Jews - he stressed that fact in public life and in the newspapers. Hitler merely said at the beginning that Jewish influence was too great, that of all the lawyers in Berlin, eighty percent were Jewish. Hitler thought that a small percentage of the people, the Jews, should not be allowed to control the theater, cinema, radio, et cetera.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (30 March 1946). Quoted in "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.
  • Himmler hated the church. He and Bormann were the two people who influenced Hitler most. When I spoke to Hitler in the beginning he agreed with me and said that no state could be governed without religion. In Mein Kampf he said that a man was a fool if he destroyed the religion of the people. Hitler also made the statement that the political reform should not be a religious reform.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (30 March 1946). Quoted in "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.
  • 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.
    • Quoted in "Nazi conspiracy and aggression" - Page 3 - 1946
  • The hope in the hearts of millions of national socialists can be fulfilled only by an authoritarian government.
    • Quoted in "Nazi conspiracy and aggression" - Page 919 - 1946.
  • Names and individuals are unimportant when Germany's final fate is at stake.
    • Quoted in "Nazi conspiracy and aggression" - Page 3 - 1946.
  • It is to be hoped that the leaders of this movement will place the nation above the party.
    • Quoted in "Nazi conspiracy and aggression" - Page 918 - 1946.
  • Allow me to say how manly and humanly great of you I think this is. Your courageous and firm intervention have met with nothing but recognition throughout the entire world. I congratulate you for all you have given anew to the German nation by crushing the intended second revolution.
    • Letter sent to Adolf Hitler praising his firm action against the Sturm Abteilung on the Night of the Long Knives (12 July 1934). Quoted in "Nazi conspiracy and aggression" - Page 940 - 1946.

About Papen[edit]

  • Von Papen, pious agent of an infidel regime, held the stirrup while Hitler vaulted into the saddle, lubricated the Austrian annexation and devoted his diplomatic cunning to the service of Nazi objectives abroad.
    • Robert H. Jackson.

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