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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian
Editor says, what if Gustav Streseman had lived to stop Hitler's Rise to Power (but with disasterous consequences)? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1933,the Nazi Party put in a desperately weak performance at the Lippe-Detmold state election due almost entirely to the active opposition of Gustav Streseman.
The Plot Against Germany 3Prior to his retirement on health grounds in 1929 , he was widely recognized as the Weimar Republic's Greatest Statesman. And he had promised to use his retirement  in order to prevent the rise of Adolf Hitler who he had identified as Germany's most dangerous man.
Sure enough as he had anticipated the result at Lippe-Detmold was an unmitigated electoral disaster for Hitler whose Nazi Party had been rapidly overtaken in national popularity by the Communist Party. He had hoped that a particularly strong local showing might encourage President Hindenburg to offer him the Chancellorship. But despite determined attempts to coerce the vote he had been discredited by Streseman's strong voice of reasoned authority. Instead, von Papen stayed in office until Hindenburg's death eighteen months later. This extension of Chancellorship required the signing of an emergency decree by the President which lapsed with his death. And of course the failure of the right to coalesce around a single strong authority figure was the primary reason of the election of Chancellor Ernst Thälmann. The secondary cause was the Soviet Forces threatening to invade Eastern Germany. And the third reason, was the fracture in the Nazi Party itself To be continued in Part 3.
Editor says, in this article we build upon an idea from Jeff Provine and also diverge from Chris Oakley's thread Comrade Hitler: The Rise and Fall of an Infamous Marxist Icon.  In our timeline, he died of as stroke aged fifty-one just a week before the Wall Street Crash.  According to his own statements in 1929. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.