Political developments in 1932

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  • Political developments in 1932
    • Four key players
      • Paul von Hindenburg - hero of WW1 and President of the Weimar Republic
      • Heinrich Bruning - the Chancellor
      • Kurt von Schlicher
      • General Franz von Papen
    • Hitlers road to power
      • April 1932 - Hindenburg stands for re-election, no one party has 50% of votes
      • May 1932 - Hindenburg re-elected as president. Chancellor Bruning bans the SA and announces a plan to buy up land from landowners and use this to house the unemployed. - plans unpolular and Bruning resigns, replaced by von Papen
        • von Papen put foward by von Schleicher who'd been planning a coalition between RW supporters and the Nazis
          • Hitler agrees coalition if the ban on SA is removed. Coalition takes power
      • July 1932 - More elections. Fighting between Nazis and Communists. Nazis share of the vote increases form 18% in 1930 to 38%. Hitler demands that he's made Chancellor - Hindenburg refuses
      • November 1932 - Another election. von Scheicher warns Hindenburg that if von Papen stays Chacellor there will be a civil war. von Papen goes
      • December 1932 - von Schleicher becomes Chancellor
      • von Schleicher doesn't have the support of the public/Nazis. Persuaded Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor to avoid von Schleicher's military dictatorship.
        • Also suggests that he could have become Vice-Chancellor so that he can keep an eye on Hitler.
          • Hitler becomes Chancellor


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