• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Did Hitler take advantage of the Reichstag Fire to consolidate his power?

Extracts from this document...


Did Hitler take advantage of the Reichstag Fire to consolidate his power? A week before the elections in Germany (27th February 1933) the Reichstag Building was burnt down. Some people blame Hitler for the fire, others blame Van de Lubbe or the communists. Hitler wanted to gain control of the whole of Germany and have all German support. So although Hitler was chancellor, and leader of his political party, he was not yet a dictator. To achieve his goal of being a dictator, he felt the need to put a set of emergency powers in to place, taking away the basic rights and freedoms of the German public. ...read more.


This enabled him to completely wipe out all opposition to him. These emergency powers were also known as the 'Decree for the Protection of People and State'. Hitler was able arrest over 4,000 communist and anti-Nazi leaders. By Hitler blaming the communists and continually arresting many of the well-known leaders, communists were seen as scapegoats; they created the fire and burnt down the Reichstag. As many of the public had already begun to blame the communists, Hitler managed to spread hatred for them throughout the country through anti-communist propaganda. Hitler also has a secret police who dealt with people who did not conform to this new anti-communist viewpoint (the S.A). ...read more.


So now it seems after the Reichstag Fire, Hitler could run the country exactly how he wanted to. Some would say that without this he would not have been able to gain emergency powers or have put the Enabling Act in to place. But no one can ever predict what would've happened to Hitler's status in Germany without the Fire. I think that Hitler did use the Reichstag fire to consolidate his power in Germany at the time; it was an opportunity to gain supporters because people needed an authority figure to guide them. He was a very confident speaker and had a lot of confidence, so I feel even without the Reichstag fire, Hitler would've become a leading authoritive figure in Germany at the time. He was a determined man who fought to change the country so he may have gained support through that. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. What Role did the Reichstag Fire Play In Allowing Hitler to Consolidate his Power

    Voting took place on 5 March. Hitler gained 288 seats, more than the Nazis had ever gained before. However, this was still under the 50% of votes that Hitler required. Even so, the Communists (who had won 81 seats) could not take their seats as they were under arrest.

  2. How did hitler consolidate power

    Hitler accused Rohm of plotting to overthrow and murder him. Over the weekend Rohm and 400 others were executed. These included the former Chancellor von Schleicher, and many others who had no connection with Rohm. Even though this took place over the weekend it came to be known as the Night of the Long Knives.

  1. adolf hitler

    The strength and genius of the individual person are, in line with the absurd nature of democracy, being set aside in favour of majority rule, which amounts to nothing more than weakness and stupidity. And rather than recognize and affirm the necessity of struggle, people are preaching theories of pacifism, reconciliation among nations and eternal peace.

  2. Reichstag fire coursework assignments

    Within hours Hitler had declared himself president. He was chancellor, head of state and commander of army, so every soldier swore an oath of personality to Hitler. Nazis evolved from a coalition govt to a one-party state, Hitler was the leader of the party and a dictatorship of Germany, he

  1. Thr opposition of the Church.

    agencies, and even members of the German Social Democratic and Communist parties. The Berlin resisters spent much of their time theorizing about the type of government that would replace National Socialism once Hitler's regime was toppled. Since their political orientations ranged from the conservative to the left wing, the resisters did not always see eye to eye.

  2. Modern World History Coursework - Reichstag Sourcework

    Source C does this by actually showing Adolf Hitler and Hindenburg (the head of the German Weimar Republic at the time) huddled together, scheming. Hindenburg is seen saying 'If you can't be a Dictator now, you never will be' to his partner, who already is holding the Emergency Powers decree in his hands.

  1. History Coursework – the Reichstag Fire

    Nero, like Hitler, blamed the event on a group of people - Hitler blamed the Communists, Nero blamed the Christians. So in source C, Hitler is possibly being compared to an opportunist, like Nero and it is suggested that Hitler take advantage of the Reichstag fire to achieve his ambition to be Dictator.

  2. Studies of Sources from the Reichstag Fire - who was responsible?

    not as useful as it could be, as Goebbels' job was to manipulate the truth in favour of the Nazis. So because this account is reporting what the Nazis did that night, this source cannot be reliable and only slightly useful, when supported by Source A.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work