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Death of German President von Hindenburg

Reich President Paul von Hindenburg with Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler. 1933–1945.

Reich President Paul von Hindenburg with Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler. 1933–1945. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Richard Freimark, William O. McWorkman

August 2, 1934

German President Paul von Hindenburg dies. With the support of the German armed forces, Hitler becomes President of Germany. Later that month Hitler abolishes the office of President and declares himself Führer of the German Reich and People, in addition to his position as Chancellor. In this expanded capacity, Hitler now becomes the absolute dictator of Germany; there are no legal or constitutional limits to his authority.

Adolf Hitler salutes a crowd from his open car during the <i>Reichsparteitag</i> (Reich Party Day) parade in Nuremberg soon after the death of German President von Hindenburg. Germany, September 1934.

Adolf Hitler salutes a crowd from his open car during the Reichsparteitag (Reich Party Day) parade in Nuremberg soon after the death of German President von Hindenburg. Germany, September 1934. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Richard Freimark