Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
21 March 1933 page 7
Kaisers Chair Vacant
At Opening Of
–A new militant Germany, ani-
mated by the old Prussian military
spirit, was proclaimed in an im-
pressive Reichstag opening cere-
mony today in the Garrison church
where President Von Hindenburg
and Chancellor Adolf Hitler were
the chief figures.
The Reichstag was meeting for
the first time since the elections
of March 5. Other meeting places
were used because the Reichstag
building was badly damaged in a
fire a few days before the elections.
Wilhelm II was left synbolically
vacant in the royal box occupied
by the Hohenzollern princes.
Nationalist Germanys apprecia-
tion of the imperial past of the
country became evident in double-
salutes at the beginning and end
of the exercises given by the pres-
ident with his field marshals baton
to the Crown Prince and other
members of the former imperial family.
< The church was filled with mem-
bers of the Reichstag, the diplo-
matic corps, generals and admirals
who served in the World War and
veterans of wars dating as far
back as 1864.
The assembly stood reverently as
the president read his brief ad-
dress without spectacles from a
manuscript written by hand in big
Weighty and manifold duties
await you, the president said. I
know the chancellor and cabinet
face with determination the diffi-
cult problems to be solved at
home and abroad. I hope the mem-
bers of the new Reichstag place
themselves loyally behind the gov-
Discussing imperial Germany,
the former field marshall said:
The place where we stand re-
calls older Prussia, which became
great through fear of God, devo-
tion to duty, unflagging courage
and self-denying patriotism.
In marked contrast to the presi-
dents martial figure was Chancel-
lor Hitler, dressed in a cutaway
coat displaying the iron cross and
the Nazi swastika emblem.
Nazi members of the Reichstag,
however, were in uniform.
Only a few feet away in pews oc-
cupied by members of the Centrist
party sat former Chancellor Hein-
rich Brunening, who appeared pallid
and sad. Otherwise the Centrist
delegates sat impassive.
The Socialist members did not