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The legality in which Hitler came to power.

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The legality in which Hitler came to power Hitler's rise to power is an interesting issue that consists of many factors into how Hitler came to power and whether or not it was lawful or unlawful. We have to as historians appreciate that in reality both lawful and unlawful factors were crucial together, in the consolidation of power for Hitler. Examples in how Hitler climbed his way up the political ladder in an illegal sense would be incidents such as the Reichstag fire and the Night of the long knives. The Reichstag building was burned down on 27 February 1933. This helped Hitler to gain a majority in the upcoming March election. The Nazis blamed the fire on the communists, specifically Van der Lubbe - and they claimed that he intended to spark a communist uprising in Germany. ...read more.

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The regular army was not happy with this arrangement, and Hitler was alarmed, as a merger would make R�hm the most powerful man in Germany. Hitler thought something had to be done to prevent this from ever happening and with the advice from Hermann G�ring and Heinrich Himmler, and so the SS and army murdered R�hm and approximately 400 other leaders of the SA. The purge of the SA was very much an illegal process in the Nazi consolidation of power but nevertheless Hitler had succeeded in wiping out the only real threat to his power and had also gained the support of the army. Shortly after the purge of the SA, Hitler formally explained to the Reichstag his reasons for doing so However, Hitler didn't consolidate his power through unlawful procedures all the way, he wanted to look good infront of the German public, in doing so he had passed out many lawful issues which didn't make his consolidation of power illegal. ...read more.

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Similarly, Hitler used these powers to destroy all opposing political parties, creating a one party state. Also, the purge of the SA had ultimately resulted in Adolf Hitler's unchangeable power in Germany, but this act can be described as the main contributing argument to the legality of Hitler's consolidation of power. This purge is now seen as legal because a law was passed after the event that made Hitler's actions perfectly legal. This act therefore resulted in a closer alliance between the Nazi state and the army, giving Hitler greater power than ever before In conclusion, looking at all the aspects in which go into the argument of whether Hitler achieved supreme control over Germany through an unlawful or lawful manner, I would say that Hitler's consolidation of power was achieved mainly through lawful than unlawful means. Yet the unlawful means were either never reviled or were rationally accepted for the good of the country. Hamza Rahman History H/W Mr Lyon ...read more.

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