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Explain the nature and purpose of the 'Enabling Act'. History GCSE Hitler wanted the Enabling act passed as it would grant him emergency powers over Germany. The Enabling Act was passed by Germany's Reichstag and signed by President Hindenburg on March 23, 1933. It was the second major step, after the Reichstag Fire, through which Chancellor Adolf Hitler legally obtained power and became F�hrer. The Act granted Hitler the authority to enact laws without the participation or permission of the Reichstag. Using the SA, Hitler suppressed Communist, Socialist, and Catholic opposition throughout Germany up until the new elections of the Reichstag were held. ...read more.


Thus Hitler's Enabling act was passed. Hitler promised to use his new powers to return Germany to its former glory and rid it of Communists and any others who he believed threatened Germany's economy and pride. However, it also meant that Germany was run by a dictator and so freedom of speech e.t.c. was limited and Germany was suppressed. The purpose of the Enabling act was to "remedy the distress of the people and the empire". The Act would allow Hitler to abolish any treaties and also gave him the power to pass laws without approval from the legislature. ...read more.


Hitler also started the boycott committee by assigning Julius Streicher to work on it. He did this to show that he was ridding Germany of its problems and so gain more voters. It was, however, these chains of events that lead to the beginning of the Holocaust. The nature of the act meant that Hitler was given powers to introduce new laws, and the purpose was to help Germany through the depression, and even though Hitler abused his powers, he met very little opposition as the people of Germany felt that they were being aided. Despite the eventual outcome, the initial nature and purpose of the Enabling Act were both helpful and had Germany's best interests in consideration. ...read more.

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