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Franz Von Papen

Members of the German leadership attend a ceremony honoring German soldiers killed in World War I at the National Opera in Berlin. Pictured from right to left are: Frick, Franz von Papen, Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler and Werner von Blomberg. (March 12, 1933 Hoffmann )


Jan. 30, 1933 marks Hitler's rise to power in Germany. Many foreign diplomats in Berlin at the time believed that the real power in Hitler's cabinet lay in the hands of Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen.


The Cabinet Hitler: In addition to the Chancellor Hermann Göring (NSDAP) and Franz von Papen (independent, formerly Centre). Standing from left: Franz Seldte (DNVP), Hans Lammers (NSDAP), Dr. Günther Gereke (CNBL), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (independent), Wilhelm Frick (NSDAP), Werner von Blomberg (independent) and Alfred Hugenberg (DNVP).

"The makeup of the present cabinet, with its normally discordant elements, furnishes a fertile field for trouble," wrote US ambassador Frederic M. Sackett in 1933. (Front row from left to right: Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Franz von Papen. Second row standing from right to left are: Alfred Hugenberg, Werner von Blomberg, Wilhelm Frick, Johann Ludwig Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Paul Freiherr Eltz von Ruebenach and Franz Beldte.)