Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934) was a Prussian/German field marshal, statesman, and politician. He served as the Chief of the German General Staff during World War I. Despite his country's ultimate defeat, Hindenburg was sufficiently well-regarded to be elected the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. His presidency saw the financial difficulties of the Great Depression, and the rise of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. In 1932, Hindenburg won reelection over challenger Hitler. In 1933, the wave of Nazi victories in the Reichstag elections pressured Hindenburg to appoint Hitler to the office of Chancellor. Hindenburg's death the following year removed any check-balance against the power of Hitler, who swiftly conflated President and Chancellor into the office of Führer.
An airship, named in Hindenburg's honour, famously crashed in 1937.