Reich Party for Civil Rights and Deflation

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Reichspartei für Volksrecht und Aufwertung (Reich Party for Civil Rights and Deflation, also known as Volksrechtpartei or VRP) was a German political party active in the Weimar Republic.

The inflation crisis of 1923 sparked numerous calls from revaluation and, whilst measures to this end were introduced in 1925, they did not satisfy many advocates of the policy and so in 1926 the Sparerbund für das Deutsche Reich decided to form its own political party, the Reichspartei für Volksrecht und Aufwertung.[1] The party set itself up as the defender of savers and called for the creation of as broad a middle class as possible.[2] A youth movement, Posadowsky Jugendbund, was attached to the party, taking its name from the party's honorary chairman Arthur von Posadowsky-Wehner, a former Vice-Chancellor of Germany.

The party won two seats at the 1928 election although it had three separate members of the IV. Reichstag. Georg Best (formerly of the German National People's Party and later a member of the National Socialist Freedom Movement), Paul Seiffert (initially NSFP) and Emil Roß (initially Zentrum) were the three members. The party was eliminated at the 1930 election and lost support to the Nazi Party. Under the leadership of Adolf Bauser the VRP entered into coalition with the Christian Social People's Service and thus returned to the Reichstag at the November 1932 election. Following the establishment of the Nazi regime in 1933 the VRP disappeared along with all parties outside the Nazi Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adolf Bauser, Notwendigkeit, Aufgaben und Ziele der Volksrechtpartei. (Reichspartei für Volksrecht und Aufwertung). In: Für Wahrheit und Recht. Der Endkampf um eine gerechte Aufwertung. Reden und Aufsätze, Stuttgart, 1927, p. 90
  2. ^ Werner Fritsch, 'Reichspartei für Volksrecht und Aufwertung (Volksrecht-Partei) [VRP] 1926–1933' in Dieter Fricke (ed.), Lexikon zur Parteiengeschichte. Die bürgerlichen und kleinbürgerlichen Parteien und Verbände in Deutschland (1789−1945). Band 2, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig, 1984, p. 741
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.