Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
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Second Law Integrating the Laender with the Reich
7 April 1933

The Reich Government has enacted the following law which is hereby promulgated:


(1) In the German "Laender", with the exception of Prussia, the Reich President, upon the proposal of the Reich Chancellor, shall appoint the Reich governor, the Reich governor shall require the observance of the general policy laid down by the Reich Chancellor. The following powers of "Land" authority belong to him:

1. Appointment and removal of the head of the "Land" Government, and upon his proposal, the other members of the "Land" Government.

2. Dissolution of the legislature and designation of the new election subject to the rule of section 8 of the Provisional Law of March 31, 1933, Integrating the German "Laender" with the Reich.

3. Preparations and publication of "Land" laws, including the laws which are determined upon by the "Land" Government according to section I of the Provisional Law of March 31, 1933, Integrating the German "Laender" with the Reich. Article 70 of the Constitution of August 11, 1919, applies accordingly.

4. Upon the proposal of the "Land" Government, appointment and dismissal of the higher "Land" officials and judges, so far as this formerly was accomplished by the highest "Land" officials.

5. The power of pardon.

(2) The Reich governor may preside over the meetings of the "Land" Government.

(3) Article 63 of the German Constitution of August 11, 1919 remains unaltered.


(1) A Reich governor may not simultaneously be a member of a "Land" Government. He shall belong to the "Land" whose sovereign powers he exercises. His official residence is at the seat of the "Land" Government.

(2) For several "Lands" in each of which there are less than 2 million inhabitants, a common "Lands" governor who must be a resident of one of these "Lands", may be appointed. The Reich President shall designate the governor's official residence.


(1) The Reich governor is appointed for the duration of a "Land" Legislative period. He can be recalled at any time by the Reich President on the proposal of the Reich Chancellor.

(2) The provisions of the Reich Ministry Law of March 27, 1930, find appropriate application to the office of Reich governor. His remuneration is borne by the Reich; the establishment of its size remain unsettled.


Votes of no confidence of the "Land" legislature against the head and the members of the "Land" Government are not permissible.

The Reich Chancellor
Adolf Hitler

The Reich Minister of the Interior
Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
Office of the United States Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality
Washington, DC : United States Government Printing Office, 1946

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