VON PAPEN’S ADDRESS, AS CHANCELLOR, delivered at Muenster,
Westphalia, 28 August 1932 Frankfurter Zeitung,
29 August 1932, Page 2.

The licentiousness emanating from the appeal of the leader
of the National Socialist Movement does not comply very well
with his claims to governmental power.

I do not concede him the right to regard the mere minority
following this banner solely as the German nation, and to
treat all our fellow countrymen as “free game”.

I am advocating the constitutional state, the community of
the people, law and order in government. In doing so, it is
I, and not he, who is carrying on the struggle against the
damination of parties, against arbitrarianism and injustice,
a struggle which millions so his supporters had been
wholeheartedly longing for years to fight.

My government from the first day on, has pursued the aim to
grant the opportunity of participating in the reconstruction
of the Reich to that great patriotic liberation movement
whose historical services to Germany everybody must
acknowledge. I am loath to believe that this great German
liberation movement will remain intentionally antagonistic
forever toward the purposes of a government whose entire
thoughts are devoted solely and exclusively to Germany’s

I am firmly determined to stamp out the smoldering flame of
civil war, to put an end to political unrest and political
violence, which today is still such a great obstacle to the
positive work representing the sole task of the State.

The conservative leadership of the State recognizes as its
task, with few laws and in limiting itself to the chief
aspects of National can enfold themselves freely. This task
can only be fulfilled by an authoritarian, independent
government deeply conscious of its duties toward God and