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Translation of document 3375-PS
VOELKISCHER BEOBACHTER, South German edition, 4 November 1933, Page 10. [Report on mass meeting held in Essen on 2 November 1933, election campaign for Reichstag election and referendum on Germany’s leaving the League of Nations scheduled for 12 November. Chairman of the meeting Gauleiter Terboven, speakers Hitler and von Papen. Following is translation of von Papen’s address:] The appeal of Vice-Chancellor von Papen. Ever since Providence called upon me to become the pioneer of national resurrection and the rebirth of our homeland, I have tried to support with all my strength the work of the national socialist movement and its leader; and just as I at the time of taking over the chancellorship have advocated to pave the way to power for the young fighting liberation movement, just as I on January 30 was selected by a gracious fate to put the hands of our chancellor and Fuehrer into the hand of our beloved field marshal, so do I today again feel the obligation to say to the German people and all those who have kept confidence in me: The kind Lord has blessed Germany by giving it in times of deep distress a leader who will lead it, through all distresses and weaknesses, through all crisis and moments of danger, with the sure instinct of the statesman into a happy future. When I had the honour last year to fight in Lausanne for the German interests to free Germany from the burden of the tributes, I said repeatedly and with greatest forcefulness to the then French and English Prime-Ministers: the problem of reparations is not only a material one but to a much larger degree a moral one. Germany at least wants to be free of all the discrimination which make it a second rate nation. But those statesmen were not anointed with the oil of psychological perception, they did not understand at that time the meaning of the hour and they have not shown any understanding now in these days in Geneva. History has taken its course and the Fuehrer has put into action the knowledge of the fact that nothing can be gained for Germany on the floor of the disarmament conference and the League of Nations by withdrawing from it. The German people are grateful to him for this decision which clears up the situation. The election of November 12 is the most democratic of all means to ascertain whether the German people agree with the policies of his government, and whether they have agreed to the development pointed out to them by national socialism. And what could show better to the other countries the alliance between Fuehrer and nation but this election, this question about the confidence of the nation? Therefore it is necessary that all Germans understand: this time not parties or systems, not individuals or laws are at stake but simply Germany herself. Therefore let me say a word at this hour to those who today are not among us, those who found it perhaps difficult to follow the development of the last few months because for a lifetime they might have gone the wrong way of adhering to a socialist ideology or shared the opinion of another party. Those Germans I remind that it is the desire and intention of the Fuehrer to weld the entire German nation, all its classes and sectors into a national and political unity. The best proof of that is that he guaranteed to the churches the full freedom of their high spiritual function, that he was ready to grant them more for the exercise of their high mission than at any time any liberal government of the last century. Here in the heart of an overwhelmingly catholic province I express the urgent request to my catholic fellow-citizens to reward this generous recognition of the Christian basis of the Third Reich offered by the Fuehrer with the fullest confidence in the future, and with giving their votes for him. The Fuehrer desires — I know it — the reconciliation with all those who were not in his ranks during the years of the struggle for the great goal he bears in his heart. The catholic part of the people did sacrifice its blood on the battlefields with the same devotion like all other fellow- citizens. The catholic part of Germany--wherever it may have stood politically--will not stand back either on the 12th of November, when it will be the time to offer a profession on behalf of national honour and of confidence in the Fuehrer. Let us in this hour say to the Fuehrer of the new Germany that we believe in him and his work.