Positions and Continuities
Völkische Weltanschauung on the Back Benches – The Deutschvölkische Freiheitspartei and the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic (Stefanie Schrader)
Völkische Weltanschauung on the Back Benches – The Deutschvölkische Freiheitspartei and the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic* Stefanie Schrader During the years of the Weimar Republic, the German public witnessed the coming and going of a hardly countable number of small political parties, in particular right-wing political parties, which aspired to enter the Reichstag and other influen- tial positions. Nevertheless, when it comes to accounts of Weimar Germany’s polit- ical parties the focus is often rather quickly, probably even too rashly, diverted to the NSDAP, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, as the only radical par- ty on the far right that succeeded in becoming a mass movement with a substantial faction in the Reichstag by 1930. Evidently, there are obvious reasons for reviewing the rise of the National Socialists as a political party, which tried to play the parlia- mentary game during the late 1920s and succeeded in doing so with fatal conse- quences for parliamentarian culture even before 1933. But there are also good reasons for an inquiry into the ideological background and political agenda of neighbouring, if not rivalling groups such as the German Völkisch Freedom Party (Deutschvölkische Freiheitspartei, DVFP).1 * This paper was originally given at the International Conference on English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse (1871-1945) at Queen Mary, University of London, November 10- 11, 2010. 1 Little in-depth research has been done on the DVFP itself, although the party figures in a number of accounts on the völkisch movement...
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