German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen Urges Catholics to Vote National Socialist Ticket

German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen Urges Catholics to Vote National Socialist Ticket

Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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In the Völkischer Beobachter, the Union of Catholic Germans (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Katholischer Deutscher), lead by German Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen, urges all Catholics to "by all means vote unanimously the National Socialist ticket" because "We Catholics do not wish to be denied to march in the lead in this election campaign."

Franz von Papen's Union of Catholic Germans has long advocated for a closer relationship between National Socialism and German Catholicism. The group's program proclaims, for example, that the Catholic Church has always been guided by the Führerprinzip (Führer Principle, Leadership Principle). The Führerprinzip is what the Nazis argue for in order to defend national rule by one charismatic leader.

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