Franz von Papen

Franz von Papen
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Personal details
BornTemplate:Birth date
Werl
Died2 May 1969(1969-05-02) (aged 89)
Obersasbach
Political partyCentre Party (until 1932) Nazi party (until 1945)
OccupationSoldier, spy, diplomat, nobleman
Military service
AllegianceGerman Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany (to 1945)

Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen zu Köningen (29 October 1879 - 2 May 1969) was a German nobleman, Catholic monarchist politician, General Staff officer, and diplomat. He was Chancellor of Germany in 1932 and as Vice-Chancellor in 1933-1934. He was a member of the Catholic Centre Party of Germany until 1932. Papen was one the people who said that they could control Adolf Hitler when he becomes Chancellor of Germany.

Von Papen was one of the 24 people charged at the Nuremberg Trials. The court decided he was not guilty.

Before and during the war he was an ambassador, from 1934 to 1938 in Austria, and from 1939 to 1944 in Turkey.