Paul von Hindenburg Biography

General, President (non-U.S.) (1847–1934)
Paul von Hindenburg served as the second President of Germany from 1925 - 1934 and played an important role in the Nazi's rise to power.


Paul von Hindenburg had a long military career through World War I, before he was persuaded to run for President of Germany against Adolf Hitler. He eventually appointed Hitler as Chancellor in 1933 and signed the Enabling Act, in which parliament gave Hitler's administration legislative powers. After Hindenburg's death in 1934, Hitler made himself head of state.

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