Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (1847-1934) was a German field marshal and right-wing politician.
During World War I he was supreme commander and, together with Ludendorff, practically directed Germany's policy until the end of the war. He was president of Germany (1925-1933).
Bora in Posen of a Prussian Junker (aristocratic landowner) family, he was commissioned 1866, served in the Austro Prussian and Franco-German wars, and retired 1911. Given the command in East Prussia in August 1914, he received the credit for the defeat of the Russians at the battle of Tannenberg, and was promoted to supreme commander and field marshal.
Re-elected president in 1932, he was compelled to invite Hitler to assume the chancellorship in January 1933.
Why is Paul von Hindenburg famous?
Paul von Hindenburg was a German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second President of Germany (1925-1934).