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Unused 1932 Reichstag election ballot with 10 political parties

Object | Accession Number: 2004.659.6

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    Brief Narrative
    Ballot distributed for the November 6, 1932, Reichstag [Parliament] election in Germany. No political party won a majority in this second election of 1932, but the Nazis received the largest vote percentage, 33%. By the 1930s, the skilled propaganda campaigns of the Nazi Party had transformed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party from a little known extremist group to popular candidates in national elections. In an April 1932 presidential run-off election, Hitler had received 37% of the vote. This November vote was the last democratic national election held in prewar Germany. On January 30, 1933, the recently re-elected President, Paul von Hindenburg, appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany
    publication/distribution:  1932 November 16
    distribution: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
    front, near upper edge, black ink : Reichstagswahl / Wahlkreis Dresden⸗Bautzen [Reichstag Election / Constituency Dresden⸗Bautzen]
    front, first section, black ink : 1 Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei / (Hitlerbewegung) / Hitler - Dr. Frick - Göring - Mutschmann [National Socialist German Workers' Party / Hitler Movement]
    front, second section, black ink : 2 Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands / Löbe - Tony Sender - Arzt - Dobbert [Social Democratic Party of Germany]
    front, third section, black ink : 3 Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands / Thälmann - Rädel - Gräf - Olga Körner [Communist Party of Germany]
    front, fourth section, black ink : 4 Deutsche Zentrumspartei / Dr. Brüning - Kirsch - Günther - Magda Fischer [German Center Party]
    front, fifth section, black ink : 5 Kampffront Schwarz⸗Weiß⸗Rot / Dr. Hugenberg - Dr. Bang - Dr. Doehring - Grellmann - [Battlefront Black⸗White⸗Red]
    front, sixth section, black ink : 7 Deutsche Volkspartei / Dingeldey - Höhne - Müller - Elsa Pechmann [German People's Party]
    front, seventh section, black ink : 8 Christlich Sozialer Volksdeinst / (Evangelische Bewegung) / Behrens - Kunze - Gebhardt - Thomas [Christian Social People’s Service / (Evangelical Movement)]
    front, eighth section, black ink : 9 Deutsche Staatspartei / Dr. Keßler - Lemmer - Pflug - Dr. Else Ulich⸗Beil [German State Party]
    front, ninth section, black ink : 10 Deutsche Bauernpartei / Dr. Fehr [German Farmers' Party]
    front, tenth section, black ink : 15 Sozialistische Kampfgemeinschaft / Krebaum - Breuer - Püschel - Löscher [Socialist Fight Community]

    Physical Details

    Information Forms
    Object Type
    Ballot (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, offwhite paper ballot with German text in Fraktur typeface printed in black ink. The title of the election and the electoral district are at the top in bold font. Below is a large rectangle that is open on the left and divided into 10 smaller rectangular sections. Each section has a large number, 1-5, 7, 8-10, 15, on the left and the party name in bold font and the party’s representatives in small font on the center. On the right are 2 squares with the corresponding number and a black bordered circle to mark to vote for the party. The ballot is unused.
    overall: Height: 7.375 inches (18.733 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 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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    2023-09-05 15:36:37
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