Address at rally during the German election campaign 3/1933
Radio announcer introduces election rally of the Kampffront Schwarz-Weiss-Rot in Bielefeld. Hugenberg to be introduced by president of Westfalen-Ost branch of Deutschnational Volkspartei, Dr Karl Koch. Koch: greetings to Hugenberg. Hugenberg's special link with the region. This to be the first time Hugenberg addresses his old district from his new position as Finance Minister. Applause. Hugenberg (linked by radio from Berlin): this is to be the only time he will address his former district during the campaign. Since 1920 he has held the trust of the Westfalen voters and this trust is the unchangeable foundation on which his political work rests. Applause. Germany's heritage. Peace-loving nature of the German people, but increasing urgency of the cry, "Germany wishes to be alive and free once more". On the 5th and 12th of March voters will have the opportunity to see that these words become reality. Hindenburg has called together Germany's leaders, who are now calling to the people for support and for an indication that the number of real Germans is much greater than the number who just call themselves real Germans. Cheering and applause. Determination to defeat the murderers and arsonists who live among the German people. Cheering and applause. Reichstag fire was a declaration of war by the Communists, who hope to achieve by means of murder and terror that which they cannot achieve through elections. Reichstag fire also represents a terrible indictment of previous parliamentary governments, which permitted the rise of Bolshevism. In contrast the National Government reacted within a matter of hours. Cheering and applause. This government will not be afraid to take drastic measures or to implement the death penalty. Necessity of destroying areas which nourish Bolshevism - schools; democratic-literary factions; degenerate theatre, literature, film and press. Germany must heal culturally and morally. Determination of National Government to create bread and work. Reichstag fire should serve as reminder to German people - they must decide to offer firm support to the National Government and its measures on 5th March. Inability of other parties to combat Marxism. There can be no compromise - the people have a choice between the parties of the National Government and the parties of Marxism. Applause. Retrospective look at improvements made in past year : crushing of Marxism and of the Centre; creation of unity among the various groups of the Nationalist movement. Cheering and applause. Like two great armies the movement goes towards the elections - on one wing the National Socialist Party, on the other the actual right, the Kampffront Schwarz-Weiss-Rot, which represents a union of the nationalist bourgeoisie, the nationalist worker and the Christian conservatives. Final appeal for votes. Great applause.