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Jürgen W. Falter: The Two Hindenburg Elections of 1925 and 1932: A Total Reversal of Voter Coalitions [1990]

»Die Hindenburg-Wahlen von 1925 und 1932: Eine vollständige Umkehrung der Wähler-Koalitionen«. This article compares the two presidential elections of 1925 and 1932 in an attempt to determine the shifts between these two elections which brought Paul von Hindenburg to power. Although this article does not attempt to add to the historiography of Hindenburg’s election and the subsequent deparliamentarization which has often been thought by historians to have eased Hitler’s transition to power, it attempts to use statistical verification to underline a number of hypotheses generally agreed upon by historians, but which lack substantial evidence. In considering Hindenburg’s election, a number of variables are considered, such as: which parties the Hindenburg voters came from, why Hindenburg was backed rather than his oppositional candidate Wilhelm Marx, and what social background the Hindenburg voters had. Also, the commonly held belief that many of the communist voters fluctuated from the communist party candidate, Ernst Thälmann, to Adolf Hitler is statistically analyzed.