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The Act legally enabled Hitler's dictatorship, by allowing the Nazis to bypass parliament for a period of four years eventually extended of course! Wels went into exile in June , and died in France in A brave man. Ladies and gentlemen! We Social Democrats agree with the foreign policy demand raised by the Reich Chancellor of equal treatment for Germany, [and do so] all the more emphatically since we have always fundamentally championed it. Never was a principle of our party able to or did in fact prevent us from representing the just demands of the German nation to the other peoples of the world. The day before yesterday, as well, the Reich Chancellor made a statement in Potsdam to which we subscribe.
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Otto Wels 15 September — 16 September was the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany SPD from until his death in and a member of parliament from to Born in Berlin , the son of an innkeeper, Wels in began an apprenticeship as a paper hanger and joined the SPD. From to he served in the German Army. In he was elected to the Reichstag and with the support of August Bebel joined the SPD executive committee the next year. He was appointed military commander of the city and consequently had to deal with the occupation of the Stadtschloss by revolutionary forces including violent fights with Freikorps units.