Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1945-10-24
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
6.18 (Hindenburg's will)
Hindenburg; Hitler; Hohenzollern
April 1934; May 1934
In a note prefaced to this document, von Papen states that Hindenburg's will was "drafted by me personally in April, 1934 and accepted by the Reich President in May, 1934. The wording [of the reconstruction] is not identical but the thoughts and desires of the Reich President are authentic." In von Papen's reconstruction, Hindenburg avers that "It would also violate sound policies of state to combine the offices of the head of the Reich and the head of the government in one person" and calls for Germany to return to a monarchial form of government under the House of Hohenzollern. This document is a typewritten original.