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A Guide to the Annual Nazi Party Congress ("Parteitag"):
The "Reich Party Congress of Honor" in Nuremberg, 1936

Compiler's Note: This guide was prepared using Hanns Kerrl (ed.), Reichstagung in Nürnberg 1936: Der Parteitag der Ehre (Berlin: Vaterländischer Verlag C.A. Weller, 1937), which was the official yearbook of the 1936 Nazi Party Congress.  The volume Der Parteitag der Ehre vom 8. bis 14. September 1936: Offizieller Bericht über den Verlauf des Reichsparteitages mit sämtlichen Kongressen (München: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachf., 1936) was also consulted.  The location of speeches in the sources are listed after the respective speaker's name.  In addition, we have listed the speeches given by Adolf Hitler that have been reprinted in Max Domarus, Hitler: Reden und Proklamationen 1932-1945, Band I: Triumph, Zweiter Halbband 1935-1938 (Wiesbaden: R. Löwit, 1973).  Hitler's speeches were not reprinted in their entirety in either the yearbook or in Domarus, but they were reprinted in complete form in Der Parteitag der Ehre.  Complete versions of Hitler's speeches alone may also be found in Reden des Führers am Parteitag der Ehre 1936: Sonderausgabe für die Wehrmacht (München: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachf., 1936).

SYMBOLS & ABBREVIATIONS

(*) - Complete speech.

(# )- A partial print of a speech or a summary of the main points.

(+) - Only a summary of the speaker's comments.

(NS) - No speech available in any source.

SOURCES:

RT - Reichstagung

D - Domarus

PdE - Parteitag der Ehre

RdF - Reden des Führers

Special Section of German Propaganda Archive

The Nuremberg Party Rally (1936)


Tuesday September 8: The Day of Greeting

Morning          March of arriving Hitler Youth through the city, led by Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach.

3:30 p.m.        Hitler arrives at the Nuremberg Train Station from Berchtesgaden .

                       Reception for the press at the Kulturvereinshaus. Speaker: Dr. Otto Dietrich (#) RT,       
                      
20-29.

4:00 p.m.         The former unit flags of the German Army and Navy taken to the Armed Forces encampment.

                        The train bearing visiting foreign dignitaries arrives at the Nuremberg Train Station.

5:30 p.m.          Nuremberg city church bells ring in the Party Congress.

6:00 p.m.          Reception for Hitler in Great Hall of Nuremberg City Hall. Festivities begin with Richard
                        Wagner's Huldigungsmarsch and Wach' Auf chorale. Speakers: Oberbürgermeister
                        Liebel
(*) RT, 33-36; (*) PdE, 18-20; Adolf Hitler (*) PdE, 20-21; (*) RdF, 38-39.

7:30 p.m.          Performance at the Nuremberg Opera House of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger           
                        von
Nürnberg.


Wednesday, September 9: Day of the Opening of the Congress

7:30 a.m.          Hitler reviews the parade of the Hitler Youth from the balcony of the Deutscher Hof Hotel.

11:00 a.m.        Opening ceremony of the Party Congress at the Congress Hall. Reading of a Proclamation from
                        Hitler by Adolf Wagner. Speakers: Rudolf
Hess (*) RT, 46-51; PdE, 24-28; Julius
                        Streicher (*) RT, 52-54; PdE, 29-30; Adolf Wagner (+) RT, 54; (*) PdE, 30-47; (*)
                      
RdF, 40-56.

4:00 p.m.         Opening at the German Museum of the exhibition "Political Germany." Speaker: Alfred
                        Rosenberg (NS).

                        Joint meeting of the National Socialist Factory Cell Organization (NSBO) and the Committee    
                        on Trade and Commerce in the Great Hall of Nuremberg City Hall. Speaker: Robert Ley (*) 
                        RT,
60.

              Meeting of the Hitler Youth leaders in the Conference Room of Nuremberg City Hall    
              Speaker: Baldur von Schirach (NS).

4:00 p.m.         Tent encampment of the Reich Labor Service in Nürnberg-Langwasser opens to the public.

8:00 p.m.         Cultural meeting at the Nuremberg Opera House. Speakers: Alfred Rosenberg (*) RT,
                       
62-67; (*) PdE, 48-52; Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 67-70; (#) D, 637-639; (*) PdE, 52-69; (*)
                        RdF, 57-73.


Thursday, September 10: Day of the Reich Labor Service

10:00 a.m.        Parade at the Zeppelinwiese of the Reich Labor Service before Hitler. Speakers: Konstantin
                        Hierl (*) PdE, 75-77; Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 80-81; (#) D, 640; (*) PdE, 77-79; (*) RdF,
                        74-76.

11:00 a.m.        Reich Labor Service parade through Nuremberg.

6:00 p.m.         Continuation of the Party Congress. Speakers: Alfred Rosenberg (*) RT, 82-100; (*) PdE,
                        80-96;
Joseph Goebbels (*) RT, 100-136; (*) PdE, 97-123.

8:00 p.m.         Concert on the Adolf-Hitler-Platz.

8:30 p.m.         Torchlight parade of NSDAP political leaders through Nuremberg.

10:00 p.m.       Review of the torchlight parade by Hitler at the Deutscher Hof Hotel.


Friday, September 11: Day of the Political Leaders

7:30 a.m.          Meeting of the political leadership of the NSDAP Association of Jurists in the                       
                       
Kulturvereinshaus. Speaker: Hans Frank (#) RT, 178.

8:00 a.m.          Meeting of the National Socialist Students' Association in the Katharinenbau Cathedral.
                        Speakers: Derichsweiler (+) RT, 178; Joseph Goebbels (#) RT, 178-180. 

8:30 a.m.          Meeting at the Nuremberg Opera House of officers from the Office for Ideological Instruction.
                        Speakers: Alfred Rosenberg (+) RT, 180; Robert Ley (#) RT, 180.

9:00 a.m.          Ceremony in the Hercules Hall in honor of fallen members of National Socialist Organizations
                        Abroad. Speakers: Gauleiter Bohle (#) RT, 181-182; Rudolf Hess (*) RT, 182-186; (*)
                        PdE, 124-131.

10:30 a.m.        Continuation of the Party Congress at the Congress Hall. Speakers: Hermann Reischle(*)
                        RT, 142-154; (*) PdE, 132-140; Erich Hilgenfeldt (*) RT, 154-163; (*) PdE, 141-149;
                        Gerhard Wagner (*) RT, 163-178; (*) PdE, 150-160.

1:00 p.m.          Meeting of National Socialist press functionaries in the Great Hall of Nuremberg City Hall.
                         Speakers: Otto Dietrich (+) RT, 186; Max Amann (+) RT, 178.

2:30 p.m.          Meeting of the National Socialist Association for Aid to War Victims in the Kulturvereinshaus.
                         Speaker: Oberlindober (+) RT, 187.

                         Meeting of the Committee on Finance and Administration in the Conference Room of
                         Nuremberg City Hall. Speaker: Schwarz (+) RT, 187-188.

                         Meeting of NSDAP Judges at the Nuremberg Opera House. Speaker: Buch (+) RT, 188.

                         Meeting at the Hercules Hall of representatives from the Committee on National Health.

                         Meeting of the NSDAP Central Personnel Office in the Katharinenbau Cathedral.

4:00 p.m.          Meeting of the National Socialist Women's Association at the Congress Hall. Speakers:
                        Gertrud Scholtz-Klink (*) RT, 189-194; (*) PdE, 161-166; Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 194-196;
                        (#) D, 640; (*) PdE, 166-169; (*) RdF, 77-80.

8:00 p.m.          Review of the political leaders on the Zeppelinwiese. Speakers: Robert Ley (*) PdE, 172-
                        173;
Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 202-204; (#) D, 640-641; (*) PdE, 173-177; (*) RdF, 81-84.


Saturday, September 12: The Day of Hitler Youth

8:00 a.m.          Meeting of the Central Administration Office in the Katharinenbau Cathedral.

10:00 a.m.        Review of the Hitler Youth in the Nuremberg Stadium. Speakers: Baldur von Schirach (*)
                        RT, 210-211; (*) PdE, 180-181; Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 212-213; (#) D, 641-642; (*) PdE,
                        181-184; (*) RdF, 85-88.

11:30 a.m.        Fourth Annual Meeting of the German Labor Front at the Congress Hall. Speakers: Hecker
                        (NS); Franz Seldte (NS);
Robert Ley (#) RT, 215-218; (*) PdE, 186-188; Adolf Hitler
                        (#) RT, 218-221; (#) D,
642-643; (*) PdE, 189-194; (*) RdF, 89-94.

12:00 p.m.        Special session of the National Socialist Committee on National Welfare in the Hercules Hall.
                         Speakers: Erich Hilgenfeldt (NS); Joseph Goebbels (+), PT, 221-222.

2:00 p.m.         Opening of the People's Festival on the grounds of the Nuremberg Stadium.

3:00 p.m.         Continuation of the Party Congress. Speakers: Hans Frank (*) RT, 222-231; (*) PdE,
                        195-203; Otto Dietrich
(*) RT, 231-240; (*) PdE, 204-211; Max Amann (*) RT, 240-
                        252; (*) PdE, 212-224; Fritz Reinhardt (*) RT, 252-276; (*) PdE 225-242.

8:00 p.m.         Fireworks at the Zeppelinwiese.


Sunday, September 13: Day of the SA

8:00 a.m.         Assembly of the SA, SS, and NSKK (National Socialist Motor Corps) in the Luitpold Arena.
                       Speakers: Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 282-286; (#) D, 643; (*) PdE, 245-249; (*) RdF, 95-99;
                       Viktor Lutze (*) RT, 286-289; (*) PdE, 250-252.

11:30 p.m.      Procession past Hitler on the Adolf-Hitler-Platz.

6:30 p.m.        Continuation of the Party Congress. Speakers: Robert Ley (*) RT, 291-314; (*) PdE, 253-
                       267; Fritz Todt (*)
RT, 314-320; (*) PdE 268-271; Konstantin Hierl (*) RT, 320-330; (*)
                       PdE, 272-278.


Monday , September 14: Day of the Armed Forces

8:00 a.m.         Commencement of Armed Forces maneuvers. Speaker: General Werner von Blomberg (*)
                       R
T, 338; (*) PdE, 284-285.

8:30 a.m.         Meeting of regional representatives from the Office for Technology in the Conference Room of
                       the Nuremberg City Hall. Speaker: Fritz Todt (+) RT, 340.

9:00 a.m.         Meeting of regional and district propaganda functionaries at the Hercules Hall. Speaker: Joseph
                      
Goebbels (+) RT, 340-341.

                       Meeting of the National Socialist Agricultural Policy Office in the Katharinenbau Cathedral.
                       Speaker: Meinberg (#) RT, 341-342.

                       Meeting of the Commission on Economic Policy at the Kulturvereinshaus. Speaker: Bernhard
                      
Koehler (+) RT, 342.

                       Meeting of regional and district political leaders at the Nuremberg Opera House. Speaker:
                      
Rudolf
Hess (#) RT, 347-350.

10:00 a.m.      Meeting of the Office of Community Policies at the Congress Hall. Speaker: Wilhelm Frick (#)
                      RT, 343-345; Fiehler, Bürgermeister of Munich, (+) RT, 345-346; Weidemann,
                      Bürgermeister of Halle, (+) RT, 346.

10:30 a.m.      Meeting of the Office of Technology at the Great Hall of Nuremberg City Hall.

12:30 p.m.      Meeting of the Office for Civil Service at the Kulturvereinshaus. Speaker: Neef (#) RT, 346-
                      347.

2:00 p.m.        Armed Forces maneuvers continue. Speaker: Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 351-353; (#) D, 643-645;
                       (*) PdE, 285-287; (*) RdF, 100-101.

5:00 p.m.        Review of the Armed Forces by Hitler at the Zeppelinwiese.

7:30 p.m.        Continuation and conclusion of the Party Congress. Speaker: Adolf Hitler (#) RT, 354-360;
                      (#) D,
645-647; (*) PdE, 290-309; (*) RdF, 102-121.

12:00 a.m.      Tattoo (Lights Out) for the Armed Forces before Hitler at the Deutscher Hof Hotel.