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Hitler was a weak dictator

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Weak Dictator * Authority * Public Support * Management of opposition * Decision making, enforcing policy, vision * Management of Party * Where are decisions made without him? Does it matter? * March 5th 1933 elections, government uses control of radio, policie to intimidate opponents in election, Battle against Marxism * 24th March, Enabling Act, 'Law for Terminating the suffering of the people and the Nation' gives emergency powers * 12 November 1933, Nazi Candidates for Reichstag win 92% of votes * 30 June 1934, Night of Long Knives, SS shoot many SA leaders seen as a threat * No legal way to replace him, had power to divide and demoralise and weaken liberal/conservative/ socialist opponents through suppression * Violence from below SA, murdered estimated 500 people in 1933) ...read more.

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For Hitler's power was based on his unique relationship with the German people. He alone knew what the Germans wanted and he alone could fulfil their needs. His will was absolute because it was the will of the people" * "Thus Hitler's power did not rest just on his formal position within a system of government. It was much more elemental." "There were no institutional restraints on him" * John Hite, "Far from being the basis for what was proclaimed as a Thousand Year Reich, the Nazi regime could not have become stabilised; it was inherently self-destructive. The chaotic structure and competition between groups and between individuals led to a war against all" * Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick drew up schemes for major administrative reform, but Hitler was not interested in developing a ...read more.

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indoctrination, described as 'spiritual weapon of the totalitarian state * Variety of Opposition Organising a coup, Listening to American Jazz, Spontaneously protesting in public, underachieving in the workplace, deserting from the armed forces, hiding Jews, reading banned literature, printing opposition in literature, applauding potentially subversive speeches in plays, refusing to join the Hitler Youth, Collecting evidence of Nazi atrocities, writing anti-Nazi graffiti, privately discussing an alternative government, publicly criticising the regime, not giving the Hitler greeting, attempting to assassinate Hitler and other leaders, Distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, spying for foreign governments, emigrating, obstructive collaboration (remaining as a judge, giving lenient punishments), listening to BBC, going on strike, telling anti-Hitler jokes, Not attending Nazi meetings, refusing to contribute to the Winterhilfe collection, elping victims of Nazism, Committing suicide * White group in Munich from 1941 ...read more.

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