Berlin (Aug. 30)
The German Reichstag opened today with the participation of 230 Nazi Deputies attired in the uniform of Storm Troops.
The feverish effort of the Nazis to prevent the dissolution of Parliament and to enable the formation of a government composed of a Nazi-Centre coalition will apparently prove of no avail since President Paul von Hindenburg today signed a decree for the dissolution of the Reichstag at the discretion of Chancellor Franz von Papen.
A communique issued by President von Hindenburg from his estate in Neudeck declares that he is in full agreement with the “internal political program” of Chancellor Franz von Papen, Baron Wilhelm von Gayl, Minister of Interior and General Kurt von Schleicher, Minister of Defense.
Clara Zetkin, veteran Communist, presided at the opening session as the oldest member of the Reichstag. So well disciplined were the Nazi deputies that even when Madame Zetkin in her opening address condemned the murders perpetrated by the Nazis, the Hitler faction maintained its silence.