Franz Bracht

Clemens Emil Franz Bracht (23 November 1877 – 26 November 1933) was a German jurist and politician.

Franz Bracht
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Bracht leaving the Reich Chancellery, 1932
Reich Minister of the Interior
In office
3 December 1932 – 30 January 1933
PresidentPaul von Hindenburg
ChancellorKurt von Schleicher
Preceded byWilhelm Freiherr von Gayl
Succeeded byWilhelm Frick
Personal details
Born
Clemens Emil Franz Bracht

(1877-11-23)23 November 1877
Berlin, German Empire
Died26 November 1933(1933-11-26) (aged 56)
Berlin, Nazi Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partyCentre Party
Alma materUniversity of Berlin
OccupationLawyer

Born in Berlin, he studied law at the University of Würzburg and the University of Berlin. He joined the Centre Party and on 18 December 1924 became Supreme Burgomaster (Oberbürgermeister) of Essen. After the Preußenschlag enacted by German Chancellor Franz von Papen and President Paul von Hindenburg, Bracht was appointed a "Deputy Commissioner" for the Interior in the Free State of Prussia on 27 July 1932. He left the Centre Party and resigned as Burgomaster on 31 October 1932.

On 29 October 1932 he had become a Minister without portfolio in Papen's cabinet. Under Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher he briefly served as Reich Minister of the Interior from 3 December 1932. He had to resign, when Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor on 30 January 1933.

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