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To what extent was the Reichstag fire the key event to Nazi consolidation of power

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Question: To what extent was the Reichstag fire the key event to Nazi Consolidation of power? The Reichstag fire certainly played an influential role in Hitler's consolidation of power, as it was the start to a series of events in the next year that helped Hitler become Fuhrer in 1934. However many historians have conflicted upon which event such as the Night of Long Knives, Enabling Act, and enabling act played the most imperative role in the Nazi consolidation of power. The Reichstag Fire was the key event to Nazi consolidation of power, as it was the spark and the reason for success in the other events. It can be further argued that without its occurrence, the communists would not have been liquidated from gaining mass support. ...read more.

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The statement also stated that "throughout Germany terrorism were to begin against prominent individuals" and against the "safety of the peaceful population." It can be implied that a lot of fear and mass uncertainty was induced as a result of this official Nazi statement. This is because it inferred that the communists were preparing to rise up and attack people who were in parliament such as Hindenburg. Moreover the statement suggests that peoples lives would be in danger if the communists were to start a revolution. This also was beneficial to the Nazis, as the induced mass hysteria of communists would allow the Nazis to gain more support, thus take advantage of the situation to their own benefit and be able to have the excuse to liquidate communists brutally. ...read more.

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Since he had already secured majority of support and obtained dictatorial and authoritative power from the 1933 elections and the enabling act. The likeliness of Rohm overthrowing someone as powerful of Hitler would not be as easy as Hitler thought it would be and therefore if this event had not happened the Nazi party would still have rose to power. In conclusion the Reichstag Fire was the key factor to the Nazis consolidation of power to a great extent, as it was the spark to other important events that ensured the Nazis rose to power strongly. Furthermore without the Communists knocked out the way, the events following would not have happened. Finally the majority of Nazi support was obtained from the Reichstag Fire. ...read more.

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