1932 was not only a year of severe economic and financial hardship, but at the same time also a year of elections. People in germany were called to the polls a total of five times this year. In these elections, the fate of germany on the way to the dictatorship of national socialism was decided.
However, before the election of the reich president, the NSDAP had its own local groups only in grafenberg, heiligenstadt, plankenfels, streitberg, pottenstein and hollfeld. They organized the election meetings in the neighboring communities and got their speakers mostly from nurnberg, bamberg and bayreuth.
Direct election of the reichsprasident
Propaganda for the election of the reichsprasident began as early as february. Adolf hitler, 42 years old, ran against the 84-year-old paul von hindenburg. Reich chancellor bruning had tried in vain to have the head of state elected by the reichstag rather than by the people by means of a constitutional amendment.
In contrast to 1925, in 1932 the democratic parties, the SPD, the centrum and the german democratic party, supported the re-election of the aged field marshal general paul von hindenburg, because they no longer had anyone who stood a real chance against adolf hitler, who had risen to political stardom within two years.
The national socialists deliberately made the age difference between the two candidates the subject of a "change of fate". In it – so it knocked for example in an aggressive reader letter to the forchheimer tagblatt – "the german people's court will speak the judgement over the catastrophe politicians ruling us in 13 years in ground and soil".