%dheadline(German president remains honorary citizen%)
BERLIN (AP) _ The German president who helped bring Adolf Hitler to power 70 years ago will remain a Berlin honorary citizen.
Left-leaning Greens and ex-communist lawmakers sought to strike the name of Paul von Hindenburg from the list of Berlin honorary citizens to underline the reunified capital’s democratic credentials.
But Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrats and opposition conservatives joined forces to block the move Monday.
Peter Stadtmueller, a spokesman for the Social Democrats, said Hindenburg wasn’t a Nazi, but ``a very conservative man.″
Hindenburg named Hitler as chancellor of the German Reich on Jan. 30, 1933, sealing the demise of the Weimar Republic and opening the way for the Nazi regime.
Hindenburg, a former Prussian general, died a year later. He was famed for victories over the Russians in World War I.