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How Hitler consolidated his power

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How Hitler consolidated his power Hitler was made chancellor by Hindenburg on 30th January 1933 after the previous chancellor resigned, this was Hindenburg's last resort even though Hitler and the Nazis lost 34 of their seats in the election. A step towards Adolf Hitler gaining complete control over Germany was taken on the night of 27th February 1933 when the Reichstag was destroyed by fire. The fire was almost certainly planned by the Nazis, Goebbels and Goering in particular. A Dutch communist, Marinus van Der Lubbe, was blamed for the fire. The plan was to make the communists despised in Germany so that Hitler had an excuse to have all the Communists ...read more.

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Even with the suppression of the Communists, Hitler was still short of an overall majority and nowhere near the two-thirds majority needed for any change in the German constitution. The Enabling Act, placed before the Reichstag on 23rd of March 1933 was to allow the powers of legislation to be taken away from the Reichstag and transferred to Hitler's cabinet for a period of four years. The act was signed at the Kroll opera house in March 1933 and needed a two-third vote to pass. It passed easily with 444 yes to 94 no. ...read more.

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On 29th June 1934. Hitler, accompanied by the SS, and arrested Ernst Rohm. During the next 48 hours 400 SA officers were arrested and killed. This is referred to as 'The Night of the Long Knives'. The Night of the Long Knives was a turning point in Germany. Hitler had made it clear that he was the supreme ruler of Germany. When Hindenburg eventually died, at the age of 84, on 2nd August; Hitler united the positions of President and Chancellor, and pronounced himself Fuhrer. All the events above took place in less than a year, a year that saw Hitler take the position of Chancellor and gradually rise up to Fuhrer. There were many wasted chances to stop him from rising, much to our dismay. ...read more.

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