Deputy Führer

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Deputy Führer (German: Stellvertreter des Führers, more faithfully translated as "Deputy of the Führer") was the title for the deputy head of the Nazi Party, which was held by Rudolf Hess. Hess's department was responsible for handling party affairs; the settling of disputes within the party and acting as an intermediary between the party and the state regarding policy decisions and legislation.[1]

After Hess' flight to Scotland to seek peace negotiations with the British government on 10 May 1941, Adolf Hitler abolished the office of Deputy Führer on 12 May 1941. Hitler replaced it with the office of the Parteikanzlei (Party Chancellery) and assigned Hess's former duties to Martin Bormann, who was made chief of that new office.[2]


  1. ^ Lang 1979, p. 78.
  2. ^ Miller 2006, p. 149.