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GERMANY'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Transcript of GERMANY'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Hindenburg vs. Hitler
Now I have them in my pocket! They have recognized me as a partner in their negotiations!
In 1932, Hindenburg lost interest in running for president again and was becoming too old.
He realized that if he died, Hitler would be able to take his place
In 1932, Hitler got a telegram from Chancellor Bruening, inviting him to Berlin to discuss extending Hindenburg's present term.
Hitler was happy to be included.
Hitler attended the meeting, but had no response.
He didn't want to help the chancellor.
In Feb 1931, Hindenburg agreed to run again and Hitler decided to oppose him.
His slogan was "Freedom and Bread"
Nazi posters were everywhere, Hitler did many speeches and held thousands of rallies everyday.
Millions of pamphlets and copies of Nazi newspapers were handed out.
On March 13, 1932, the elections were held and Hitler got over 11 million votes while Hindenburg got over 18 million votes.
Hindenburg didn't get the majority he needed and a run-off election was necessary.
Hitler created many campaigns for the run-off elections, giving people positive messages, flying across the country and promising something for everyone.
He even promised every German girl a husband
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GETTING BACK ON TRACK
GERMANY POST CAMPAIGN
Hitler suffered many years of depression.
Met with President Paul von Hindenburg
October 1931, He met with the former Field Marshal.
Hindenburg didn't think he would ever get a high position.
It was October 1931 when Hitler's political scheming of ruining the young republic began, which would make him leader of Germany.
After the winning of Hindenburg for another seven year term, Germany was still unsteady.
Berlin was full of fear, rumors and disorder.
A new man named Kurt von Schleicher, an Army officer, wanted to rule Germany.
Now Germany was under control by Hindenburg, who was too old to take care of it, while going against Hitler and Kurt.
GERMANY'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
There were many political problems happening due to the political parties in the Reichstag
Nazi's were getting elected in the Reichstag
They brought rude and disruptive behavior to proceedings
The Germans were desperate for relief after the Great Depression
People were starving, homeless and unemployed
They began to fight and kill one another on the streets
The people turned to Hitler due to the indecisiveness of their elected leaders
The Nazi's take over
Hindenburg didn't do anything, he wanted his reputation to remain the same.
Many Germans saw Nazis as the wave of the future.
By spring of 1932, with 6 million unemployed, chaos in Berlin and starvation, the people turned to Hitler by the millions.
The campaigns continued with Hindenburg not making any effort to make a single speech.
On April 10, 1932, the people voted, giving Hitler 36% and Hindenburg 53%.
Hitler lost to the "Old man", but no one was at ease because the Nazis were still popular.