Vice Chancellor von Papen: The Concordat Will End Catholic Center Party

Vice Chancellor von Papen: The Concordat Will End Catholic Center Party

Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen writes a letter to German Foreign Minister Constantin von Neurath explaining that the coming Concordat between Nazi Germany and the Vatican (Reichskonkordat) will lead to the elimination of Germany's Catholic Center Party.

Papen writes:

"In the discussion which I had with Pacelli [Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII], Archbishop Conrad Gröber of Freiburg, and Kaas this evening, it developed that with the conclusion of the Concordat, the dissolution of the Center Party is regarded here as certain and is approved.

Again, however, conclusion is being made dependent on an early statement by the Chancellor that peace will thereby finally be restored and the interference of subordinate officials checked. Such a statement would also facilitate psychologically the decision of the Center Party."

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