Translation of document 3901-PS
Much Esteemed Herr Reich President:
Filled, like your Excellency, with profound love for the German people and the fatherland, the undersigned welcome hopefully the fundamental change which your Excellency has initiated in the conduct of state affairs. We agree with your Excellency on the necessity of a government run independently from parliamentary party matters; the ideas which your Excellency formulated with regard to a Presidial Cabinet bring this thought into the open.
The outcome of the Reichstag elections of November 6 of this year had demonstrated that the former cabinet, whose sincere intentions no one among the German people doubted, did not find adequate support within the German people for the pursuit of its course; it also demonstrated that the goal at which your Excellency is aiming has the support of a full majority of the German people if we — as we should — exclude the Communist party whose attitude is negative to the State. Not only the Black-White-Red party and its related smaller groups, but the National Socialist German Workers Party as well are fundamentally opposed to the former parliamentary party regime; thereby they have agreed to the aim of your Excellency. We consider this result extremely gratifying and cannot imagine that the realization of the goal should now founder at the maintenance of ineffective methods.
It is evident that an oft-repeated dissolution of the Reichstag with increasingly frequent and sharpening elections would not only be detrimental to a political pacification and solidity but to an economic one as well. It is equally clear, however, that any constitutional change which is not supported by the broad masses would elicit even worse economic, political, and psychical results. We therefore consider it a moral duty to ask your Excellency respectfully that, in order to attain the goals of your Excellency which all of us support, the reorganization of the Reich Cabinet be carried out in a manner which would line up the greatest possible popular force behind it.
We confess to be free of any narrow party-political attitude. We recognize in the national movement which penetrates our people the promising beginning of an era which, through overcoming of class contrasts only now creates the essential basis for a rebirth of German economy. We know that this rebirth will claim many sacrifices yet. We believe that these sacrifices can be made willingly only when the largest group of this national movement receives a leading share in government.
Entrusting the leader of the largest national group with the responsible leadership of a Presidential Cabinet which harbors the best technical and personal forces will eliminate the blemishes and mistakes with which any mass movement is perforce afflicted; it will incite millions of people who today are still standing apart, to a positive effort.
With full confidence in the wisdom of your Excellency and your Excellency’s feeling of solidarity with the people, we greet your Excellency with the most profound respect.
Signed: Signed: Signed: Signed: Signed: Helferich Schacht Hecker Tischbein Kalkreuth Krogmann Reinhart Voegler Jaenicke von Oppen R. Slomann Schroeder Rosterg Rob. Bosch Keudell Witthoeft Fink Silverberg Ullrich Rabethge Cuno Kurt Eich- Theyssen Luebbert Wenzel Kiep born Reusch Beidorff of. Keyserling Albert Haniel Reindorff Much Krupp Wentzky Kurt Woer- Siemens mann Springorum Krogmann Schmitt [?] B Ullrich R Helferich Thyssen Sch Rabethge Schacht Reusch [?] Sch Wenzel Reinhart Veegler [?] Krupp Schroeder Haniel [?] Sch Brandes Hecker Rob. Boscsh [?] K Rosterg Fink [?] B R. Slomann H. Kalkreuth B Witthoeft H. v. Lussinch x Cuno-Kiep H. v. Oppen B Albert (Hecker) Eichborn R Silverberg Merck H Tischbein Leubbert B Jaenicke v. Keudell B Copy from scratch paper Helferich Kecker Krogmann Voegler R. Slomann Rosterg Witthoeft Silverberg Cuno Thyssen Kiep Reusch Albert Haniel Much Krupp Kurt Woermann Siemens Schacht Springorum Reinhart Tischbein Schroeder Jaenicke Fink Rob. Bosch Kurt Eichborn Ullrich Luebbert Beirdorff oder Reindorff Wentzky (name schlecht leserlich) Kalkreuth von Oppen Keudell Rabethege Wenzel Keyserling