Adolf Hitler Becomes Germany’s Chancellor

The Bend Bulletin/January 30, 1933

Fascist Leader Assumes Power At Last

Modifies His “All or None” Plan and Takes Van Papen Into Cabinet

Adolf Hitler, fiery leader of the German fascists, came into political power in Germany today when he assumed the chancellorship in a new German cabinet.

Hitler, whose political rise as chief of the Nazis has been one of the amazing developments of post-war politics, abandoned the “all or nothing” policy he had held toward participating in the government. He accepted Franz von Papen as his vice-chancellor and reichs commissioner for Prussia.

Hitler’s formation of a new government to succeed that of General Kurt von Schleicher took Berlin completely by surprise. Hitler held a conference with his party chiefs this morning, and was reported to be holding out for appointment as reichs commissioner for Prussia in addition to the chancellorship, which would have given him control of the regular army and the efficient Prussian police force of 150,000 men.

Man Without Country

Members of the new cabinet took the oath of office in the presence of President Von Hindenburg soon after formation of the government was announced.

Hitler rose to dominating power in Germany before he became a German citizen, and actually while he was a man without a country. Born an Austrian, he lost his Austrian citizenship. He did not become a German citizen until last year, when he ran for president against Von Hindenburg.

Hitler was granted citizenship through an appointment to a minor state office in Brunswick.

Hitler was sentenced to jail after his famous attempt at a “beer cellar putsch” failed a decade ago. His political career appeared to be ruined at the time. But he took advantage of discontent after his release to build up the Nazi organization, by fiery talks and a great display of semi-military strength, into the strongest party in the Reichstag.

Nazi Controls Police

Hermann Goering, Nazi speaker of the Reichstag, was commissioned to administer the Prussian ministry of the interior and was made a member of the national cabinet without portfolio. His position gives him control of 150,000 Prussian police, though Papen, as reichs commissioner, is technical head of the Prussian administration.

Other members of the new national government were Dr. Wilhelm Frick, minister of interior; Baron Constantine von Neurath, foreign minister: General Werner von Blomberg, defense; Schwerin von Krosigk, finance: Dr. Alfred Hugenberg, commerce and agriculture: Franz Seldte, labor: Eltz von Reubenach, posts and transportation.

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