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How far do you agree that the most important step in creating Hitlers dictatorship was the Night of the Long Knives?

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How far do you agree that the most important step in creating Hitler?s dictatorship was the ?Night of the Long Knives?? Hitler?s rise to power and ultimate dictatorship was created through a chain of events when taken together successfully led to his eventual leadership. One of these was the ?Night of the Long Knives? on the 30th June to the 2nd July 1934. It was a land mark in Hitler?s rise to power because he was able to murder potential threats in the Nazi Party, which included the leader of the SA ? Ernst Rohm. By 1934 Hitler had almost total power; however, Hindenburg was still alive and had the support of the Army. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the Reichstag Fire of 27th February 1933 was also a significant factor that helped Hitler?s rise to power. The Reichstag was set a light by a communist, Van Der Lubbe. Hitler exploited this event by convincing Hindenburg to sign a Decree for the Protection of People and State as a defensive measure against Communist acts of violence. This gave Hitler the power to use Article 48 for the first time and have control over the police. As a result of Van Der Lubbe?s actions Hitler was also able to consequently ban the communist party. Hitler?s actions made him look like the defender of the nation, because he had saved his country from what looked like the start of the communist revolution. ...read more.

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Hence, he had powers over the police, taxes, economy, and the calling of elections. This led to all Trade Unions being banned in May 1933 and all other political parties in July 1933. So, seeing as Hitler was the only candidate, he was guaranteed re-election. Although the ?Night of the Long Knives? was very significant mile stone to Hitler?s seizure of power, it was not as important as the Enabling Act. This is because the Enabling Act allowed Hitler to pass any laws he desired and rule with total power?this in turn led to the wipe out of all other political parties so Hitler remained unopposed. Also even though the Reichstag fire helped to pass the Enabling Act, it was only a minor stepping stone to Hitler consolidating his position as the dictator of Germany, the Enabling act established it. ...read more.

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