Deutsche Rechtspartei
The German Right Party was a right-wing
Right-wing politics
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 political party that emerged in the British zone of Allied-occupied Germany after the Second World War
World War II
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Also known as the Deutsche Konservative Partei - Deutsche Rechtspartei (the party used both names, varying the name used between different Länder
States of Germany
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, but had no direct links to the pre-World War I German Conservative Party
German Conservative Party
The German Conservative Party was a right-wing political party of the German Empire, founded in 1876.- Policies :It was generally seen as representing the interests of the German nobility, the East Elbian Junkers and the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union, and had its political stronghold...

), the initially national conservative
National conservatism
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 party was formed in June 1946 by a merger of three smaller groups - the Deutsche Konservative Partei, the Deutsche Aufbaupartei of the Völkisch
Völkisch movement
The volkisch movement is the German interpretation of the populist movement, with a romantic focus on folklore and the "organic"...

politician Reinhold Wulle
Reinhold Wulle
Reinhold Wulle was a German Völkisch politician and publicist active during the Weimar Republic.-Völkisch politics:...

 and the Deutsche Bauern- und Landvolk Partei. Its manifesto was in large parts authored by Hans Zehrer
Hans Zehrer
Hans Zehrer was a German journalist. He edited a leading right-wing journal, Die Tat, and founded the Tat Circle.-Biography:...


Originally intended as a continuation of the German National People's Party
German National People's Party
The German National People's Party was a national conservative party in Germany during the time of the Weimar Republic. Before the rise of the NSDAP it was the main nationalist party in Weimar Germany composed of nationalists, reactionary monarchists, völkisch, and antisemitic elements, and...

, it soon attracted a number of former Nazis
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 and its programme changed towards a more neo-Nazi
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 stance, while many centrist members left to join the German Party
German Party
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 (DP). In the 1949 federal elections to the first Bundestag
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, the party captured five seats, among the deputies was also Fritz Rössler
Fritz Rössler
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 (alias Dr. Franz Richter), who soon became notorious for his radical attitudes.

Despite this success, the DRP was also weakened that same year when the Socialist Reich Party
Socialist Reich Party
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 (Sozialistische Reichspartei, SRP) was formed and a number of members around Otto Ernst Remer
Otto Ernst Remer
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 and Gerhard Krüger
Gerhard Krüger
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 left to join the more openly neo-Nazi party. Within the Bundestag, the DRP began to work closely with a number of more minor groups on the far-right, such as the National Democrats (a minor group that should not be confused with the later National Democratic Party of Germany
National Democratic Party of Germany
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). Between 1950 and 1951, the remaining DRP MPs around Fritz Rössler sought to merge with these groups in order to form a larger grouping, which resulted in the creation of the German Empire Party
Deutsche Reichspartei
For the party that existed in Imperial Germany, see Free Conservative Party.The Deutsche Reichspartei was a nationalist political party in West Germany...

 (Deutsche Reichspartei). Rössler had to vacate his party offices for his contacts with SRP chairmen, he joined the party in September 1950.

Although effectively defunct, a report on the party was produced by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
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in the context of the SRP ban in 1952. The report claimed that the party had actively tried to organise members of earlier right wing groups, although no action was taken as the party had ceased to exist.
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