Papen Franz von

Pa·pen

 (pä′pən), Franz von 1879-1969.
German politician and diplomat who served as chancellor (1932) and then as vice chancellor (1933-1934) under Adolf Hitler. Although he initially denounced some Nazi Party policies, later, as ambassador to Austria (1934-1938), he pursued policies that led to Germany's annexation of Austria.
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