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How Did Hitler Rise to Dictatorship?

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Daniel Battams-Scott T11 How Did Hitler Rise to Dictatorship? Hitler and the Nazis had little support during the 1932 elections; they had lost over two million seats as well as 38 seats in the Reichstag. After Von Papen had failed to secure enough support Hindenburg chose to appoint Kurt Von Schleicher in December 1932. Although, within a month Schleicher was forced to resign and after Hindenburg and Von Papen secretly met industrialists, army leaders and politicians they decided to appoint Hitler as the chancellor of Germany on the 30th January. Even though he was now in this position people didn?t think that he would hold onto power for too long. However he used this newly appointed position to become the supreme leader of Germany by using a clever combination of methods that were either legal or methods that he had to work around. He also managed to defeat or create agreements with those that stood in his way. Some events that Hitler could use to his advantage to gain the support of the public were such things as the Reichstag Fire that occurred 27th February 1933. ...read more.

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After Dr Joseph Goebbels was appointed the head of the new ministry of Propaganda, Hitler and Nazism took control of most of the media in Germany. Over the course of the 12 years of Nazi rule, Goebbels constantly kept his finger on the pulse of public opinion and largely decided what the German public should and should not hear. The Nuremberg Rallies was a perfect chance for Hitler to gain the respect and support that he needed. The Nuremberg rallies that were held each summer included bands, marches, flying displays and Hitler?s speeches. The rallies were specifically designed to attract large amounts of the public, and to give them a sense of belonging to a great movement. They also showed the German people the power that the Nazi?s had and to convince them that they deserved their votes. Another important use of propaganda that helped Hitler was Goebbels control of the German media. He very closely controlled media such as books that had to be Nazi approved before being published and burn any books that were not. ...read more.

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Hitler had accused Rohm of planning to overthrow and murder him. He was killed as well as 400 others and Von Schleicher. After this weekend of killings Hindenburg thanked Hitler for his determined actions and the army seemed satisfied with events of the weekend. After this event the SA never had the influence it once had and many were absorbed into the army and the SS. Soon after this Hindenburg died and Hitler took over as the supreme leader of the Germany. On August 2nd 1934 the entire army swore an oath to Hitler as Fuhrer of Germany. The army agreed to stay out of politics and in return Hitler spent vast sums of money on rearmament, brought back conscription and made plans to make Germany a great military power again. All of these events throughout 1933 and 1934, some legal and some not, made sure that Hitler gradually rose to title of Dictator in Germany by the end of 1934 with the help of many influential forces such as Goebbels control of the media and the SS supressing the German public into submission for their support. ...read more.

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