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How important was the Reichstag fire in Hitlers consolidation of power?

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How important was the Reichstag fire in Hitler's consolidation of power? Throughout the 14 year period in which Hitler attempted to consolidate his power several events made it easier for him to achieve his goals and some other made it more difficult. Among these events we can find the Reichstag Fire of February 27th, 1933. In the years after the Second World War there have been speculations of how important this event was in comparison with other events, such as Hitler's appointment as chancellor. Before the Reichstag Fire Adolf Hitler was in a very weak position to achieve his goals, he had been appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg, who was a war hero and disliked Hitler, the 30th of January, 1933. In addition, there was only two other members of the Nazi party in the cabinet which became an obstacle for Hitler. Yet, this was one of the most important steps, along with the "Night of the Long Knives" and the passing of the "Enabling Act", that made Adolf Hitler's consolidation of power easier. The moment Hitler was appointed chancellor the government believed that they could control him and suppress his extremist ideas, shortly after they were proved wrong and the final rise of Hitler to power began with the Reichstag Fire. ...read more.


Among the intimidated parties were the communists and the social democrats. Hitler held the speech in which he was going to introduce the proposal of passing the Enabling Act at the Kroll Opera house. When he gave the speech, the building was crowded with members of the SA and the SS. While he spoke the SA and the SS men threatened anyone who tried to stand up to the passing of this decree. Even thought they were being intimidated, some members of the Reichstag actually opposed to this decree, they were not enough though. The votes were 444 for and 94 against. This made Hitler the ability to pass decrees without the previous approval of the President or the Reichstag. With this, Adolf Hitler removed all the power that the Reichstag had had in the past years. In the next 6 months Germany saw very significant changes that would set the guidelines for the Second World War. In 1934 after Hindenburg's death, Hitler merged the offices of President and Chancellor to create the Fuhrer. This was a very problematic year for Hitler because the SA was going out of control. ...read more.


Besides, Hitler made a promise for almost every level of people, so he had some support from all of them. In addition, Hitler's use of the SA to intimidate other parties and voters got him a significant amount of votes in his favor; nevertheless he was never able to get the majority of seats in the Reichstag. The Wall Street crash of 1929 forced the US to stop lending money to the German government so the country fell again in economical decline, the German population voted for the Nazis because of desperation. Additionally, Hitler possessed the qualities of a leader and he was a peculiar speaker. He was able to inspire and persuade crowds with his public speeches. In conclusion, the Reichstag Fire was an important event in Hitler's consolidation of power but the rest that occurred during his 14 year period of trying to get the power were just as critical. Hitler's rise to power cannot be only attributed to him as he had the support of many people, some of whom were his political friends and close advisors, throughout his entire political career. Every step that Adolf Hitler took in the past got him where he wanted to be, ruling a strong Germany. Word Count: 1, 551 ?? ?? ?? ?? Luis A. Sanchez ...read more.

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