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Unused ballot with 5 candidates, including Hindenburg and Hitler, for the first 1932 German presidential election

Object | Accession Number: 2004.659.5

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    Brief Narrative
    Unused ballot distributed for the first round of the 1932 Presidential election in Germany held March 12. The last election had been held in 1925. By the 1930s, the skilled propaganda campaigns of the Nazi Party had transformed Adolf Hitler from a little known extremist to a leading candidate for President. The first ballot had five candidates with the incumbent President, Paul von Hindenburg, receiving 49.6% of the vote - just short of the majority. A second run-off election between Hindenburg, Hitler, and Thalmann, the Communist candidate, was held on April 10. Hindenburg obtained the largest vote percentage, 53%, and was re-elected to a second seven-year term of office. Hitler received 37% of the vote. On January 30, 1933, Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany.
    publication/distribution:  1932 March 13
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
    front, near upper edge, black ink : Reichspräsidentenwahl [Presidential Election]
    front, first section, black ink : Theodor Duesterberg, / Oberstleutnant a. D., Halle a. d. Saale. [Theodor Duesterberg, Lieutenant Colonel retired, Halle an der Saale.]
    front, second section, black ink : Paul von Hindenburg, / Reichspräsident, Generalfeldmarschall, Berlin. [Paul von Hindenburg, Reich President, Field Marshal, Berlin.]
    front, third section, black ink : Adolf Hitler, / Regierungsrat im braunschweigischen Staats= / dienst, München. [Adolf Hitler, Councilor in Brunswick civil service, Munich.]
    front, fourth section, black ink : Ernst Thälmann, / Transportarbeiter, Hamburg. [Ernst Thälmann, Transport Worker, Hamburg.]
    front, fifth section, black ink : Adolf Gustav Winter, / Betriebsanwalt, Großjena bei Naumburg a. d. / Saale. [Adolf Gustav Winter, Operating attorney, Großjena in Naumburg an der Saale.]

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    Object Type
    Ballot (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Small, rectangular, offwhite paper ballot with German text in Fraktur typeface printed in black ink. The election title is at the top in large, bold font. Below is a chart with 6 horizontal rectangular divisions with 2 columns. The left column is a wide, rectangular section with no vertical line closing the left side. This column contains the candidate’s name in bold font with their position title. There are 5 candidates, so the final, 6th row is blank. The right column is a series of square boxes with an empty circle outline to use to mark one's vote. The ballot is unused and printed slightly off-center. The reverse is blank.
    overall: Height: 5.625 inches (14.288 cm) | Width: 4.000 inches (10.16 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The ballot was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
    Funding Note
    The acquisition of this collection was made possible by The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund.
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-06-16 11:34:38
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