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For Hitler, Hindenburg's demise couldn't have come at a better time. He had just broken the back of the rowdy Brownshirts and cemented the support of the Army's General Staff.
Now he just needed to resolve the issue of who would succeed Hindenburg as president. However, there were still a handful of influential old-time conservatives in Germany who hoped for a return of the monarchy or perhaps some kind of non-Nazi nationalist government after Hindenburg's death.
Although they loathed democracy, they also loathed the excesses of the Hitler regime. These were proud men from the s reared in the days of princes and kings and ancient honor codes. And they knew their beloved Fatherland was now in the hands of murderous fanatics such as Himmler and Heydrich who cared nothing about their old-fashioned notions.
See what you can do. Papen, however, had one last trick up his sleeve. Back in April he almost convinced Hindenburg to declare in his will that Germany should return to a constitutional monarchy upon his death.
Hindenburg at first agreed to put it in his will, but then changed his mind and put it in the form of a personal letter to Hitler, to be delivered after his death. However, for Hitler and his followers, the idea of returning to a monarchy at this point was utterly laughable.
Hitler had the Nazi Reichstag Legislature completely in his pocket and simply exercised his power to prevent any such thing from happening. Within hours, the Nazi Reichstag announced the following law, back-dated to August 1st: The Reich Government has enacted the following law which is hereby promulgated.
The office of Reich President will be combined with that of Reich Chancellor. He will select his deputy. This law is effective as of the time of the death of Reich President von Hindenburg. The law was technically illegal since it violated provisions of the German constitution concerning presidential succession as well as the Enabling Act of which forbade Hitler from altering the presidency.
But that didn't matter much anymore. Nobody raised any objections. Hitler himself was becoming the law.
Meanwhile, Hindenburg's last will and testament surfaced, delivered by Papen to Hitler. Among the documents was the letter from Hindenburg to Hitler suggesting a return of the Kaiser's Hohenzollern monarchy.The Hindenburg* (LZ) was a historic marvel of avionic engineering, built for German passengers - to date, she was the largest aircraft ever to fly.
The flights of the Hindenburg, as well as Graf Zeppelin, pioneered the world's first transatlantic air service.
The End of the Airship Era. The public seemed remarkably forgiving of the accident-prone zeppelin prior to the Hindenburg disaster, and the glamorous and speedy Hindenburg was greeted with public enthusiasm despite a long list of previous airship accidents.
With the death of German President Paul von Hindenburg, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.” The German army took an oath of allegiance to its new commander-in-chief, and the last remnants of Germany’s democratic government were dismantled to make way for Hitler’s Third Reich.
Weird History Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About The Hindenburg And Its Untimely Demise. Paul von Hindenburg was born on 2 October in Posen, Prussia (now Poznan, Poland) into an aristocratic German family.
During an honourable but undistinguished military career, he served in the. The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, , in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst.