Adolf Hitler -The most popular European Leader
ADOLF HITLER – THE DEMOCRATIC VOICE OF EUROPE?
Adolf Hitler was of course right when he said: "Under the rules of Parliamentary Democracy I obtained the absolute majority of votes and today I have the unanimous support of the German people. The only difference lies in the fact that only a fraction of the English votes were cast for Mr. Churchill, while I can say that I represent the who German people." (Adolf Hitler, Munich, 8th November, 1938)
THE Führer’S SWEEPING ELECTORAL VICTORIES
The election on July 31st 1932 was a victory for the National Socialists. They polled 13,574,000 votes and with 38% of the total votes cast legitimately and democratically became the largest Party in the Reichstag with 230 seats. The Social Democrats had 133 seats and the Communists 89. On January 30th, Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany.
At the polls of March, 5th, the NSDAP polled 17,277,180 votes; an increase of 5.5 million bringing their voting percentage up to 44% which when placed in coalition with the Nationalists led by Franz von Papen and Alfred Hugenberg who had polled 3,136,760 votes, showed an overwhelming majority of Germans had in free and open elections made their preference for German nationalism clear.
Immediately after his appointment as Chancellor, Adolf Hitler in his first appeal to the German nation on February 1st 1933 asked to be allowed just four years in order to carry out the task of national reconstruction. He repeated the same request when a few days later, when at a speech in the Berlin Sportpalast, he said:
ONE CHOICE – THE PEOPLES CHOICE
"During fourteen years the German nation has been at the mercy of decadent elements which have abused its confidence. During fourteen years those elements have done nothing but destroy, disintegrate and dissolve. Hence it is neither temerity nor presumption if, appearing before the nation today, I ask: German nation, give us four years time, after which you can arraign us before your tribunal and you can judge me! Allow me four years, and I swear to you, as truly as I have now undertaken my duties, I will depart. It is not for any reward or benefit that I have taken office, but only for your sake. It has been the greatest decision of my whole life.
I cannot rid myself of my faith in my people, nor lose the conviction that this people will resuscitate again one day. I cannot be severed from the love of a people that I know to be my own. And I nourish the conviction that the hour will come when millions of men who now curse us will take their stand behind us to welcome the new Reich, our common creation born of a painful and laborious struggle and an arduous triumph - a Reich which is the symbol of greatness, honour, strength, honesty and justice."
True to his word, on March 29th 1936, the German nation was given as promised the opportunity to express their approval or disapproval of the National Socialist state. It was an entirely free election without fear or intimidation with adequate provision made for monitoring by neutral observers.
THE GERMAN NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS MARCH 29th 1936
TOTAL QUALIFIED VOTES 45,453,691
TOTAL VOTES CAST 45,001,489 99.0%
VOTES 'NO' OR INVALID 540,211
VOTES FOR HITLER'S NSDAP 44,461,278 98.8%
THE SAAR ELECTION FOR SELF-DETERMINATION
JANUARY 13th 1935
The Versailles Treaty deprived Germany of the Saar territory, falsely claiming as justification that the region was historically French and with a French population of 150,000. In fact, the French population was just 2,000. For every French citizen in the Saar, there were 250 Germans.
On January 13th 1935, two years after the election of Adolf Hitler, free elections observed by international observers were held in which the electorate were asked whether they wished to remain as French citizens or would prefer to become part of the Third Reich.
IN FAVOUR OF UNIFICATION WITH GERMANY 477,119
THOSE FAVOURING NO CHANGE 46,513
IN FAVOUR OF REMAINING FRENCH 2,124 This was a 90.5% majority in favour of reunification with Germany
THE AUSTRIAN PLEBISCITE MARCH 13th 1938 - GERMAN-AUSTRIAN UNITY DECISION
On March 13th, 1938, the Austrian Government enacted a constitutional law concerning a plebiscite for the reunion of Austria with the Third Reich. On 18th March 1938 Hitler dissolved the Reichstag and announced conformity with the plebiscite which was announced on April 10th 1938. The peoples of both nations were given the opportunity to decide for or against unification with Hitler's Germany.
THE AUSTRIA PEOPLES VERDICT
ENTITLED TO VOTE 4,474,138
ACTUAL VOTE 4,460,778 99.07%
TOTAL VALID VOTES 4,455,015
VOTES IN FAVOUR OF UNIFICATION 4,443,208 99.73%
VOTES AGAINST UNIFICATION 11,807
SPOILT PAPERS 5,763
THE GERMAN PEOPLES VERDICT
ENTITLED TO VOTE 45,073,303
ACTUAL VOTE 44,872,702 99.55%
TOTAL VALID VOTES 44,803,096
VOTES IN FAVOUR OF UNIFICATION 44,362,667 99.02%
VOTES AGAINST UNIFICATION 440,429
SPOILT PAPERS 69,606
"Most foreign observers present in Vienna that day accepted that the polling had been free from any open intimidation." (5)
1- Britain declared war against Finland at 1.00am on the 7th December 1941. The reason being that along with Rumania and Hungary, Finland refused to end hostilities against Stalin’s Soviet Union.
2- In 1940 Britain invaded neutral Norway and Greece, conspired in a coup in Yugoslavia and added 1.6 million square miles to its Empire by seizing and occupying all Italian and French colonies including Syria, Iraq and Persia.
3- The Russian Liberation Army commanded by Russian General Andrey Andreyvich Vlasov consisted of as many as one million men. – George Fischer, Soviet Opposition to Stalin, Harvard University Press, 1952.
4- Wenn alle Bruder Schweigen (When all our Brothers are Sleeping), Munin-Verlag GmbH-Osnabruck, 1973.
5- Leading British writer Gordon Brook-Shepherd, hardly a Nazi apologist, in his book Anschluss – The Rape of Austria.