Franz Von Papen Essay

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Franz von Papen was born on October 29, 1879 in Werl, Germany. He came from a wealthy catholic family and began his career as a professional soldier serving in World War 1. Later in his life Papen went into politics as a monarchist gaining his political power through his friendship with Hindenburg. As a politician, he was appointed chancellor of Germany for a short period of time. After resigning as chancellor, he then put his political standing and efforts into helping Hitler gain power. Hitler soon became chancellor as well, and assigned Papen as his vice chancellor in his cabinet. Franz von Papen was the main influence to Hitler’s uprising. His involvement with Hitler and in the Nazi ...view middle of the document...

According to Earl Rice Jr., in his article "Nazi War Criminals". Papen voices his thoughts while on trial. "I think [Hitler] wanted the best for Germany at the beginning, but he became an unreasonable evil force with the flattery of his followers--Himmler, Goering, Ribbentrop, etc... I tried to persuade him he was wrong in his anti-Jewish policies many a time. He seemed to listen at first, but later on, I had no influence on him". Papen may have not expected Hitler to commit such cruel crimes but no further he never abandoned Hitler and the Nazi party. Even though Papen was not convicted of any war crimes, he still served eight years in a German prison for the significant influence to the rise of the Nazi reign.
Franz von Papen didn't commit any crimes by law, however, he was sentenced to eight years in a German prison convicted as a major Nazi. Papen still served Hitler even after he heard of the cruel crimes he was committing. His close associates were even murdered in the “blood purge” which was ordered by Hitler. Yet he still served Hitler and continued to support the Nazi party while ambassador to Austria. In the article “The Avalon Project : Judgment : Dissenting Opinion” it discusses how Papen is partly liable for the crimes Hitler committed. “Von Papen faithfully served Hitler up to the very end aiding the Nazi plans of...

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