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Why was Hitler able to consolidate his position in Germanybetween January 1933 and August 1934?

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Why was Hitler able to consolidate his position in Germany between January 1933 and August 1934? In 1933, Hitler was made chancellor of Germany upon the death of the previous president. Millions of the people who voted for him were hoping for a restoration of Germany's people and a change for Germany after the shame of Versailles. From this point on, Hitler found and made numerous ways to consolidate his power between January 1933 and August 1934. Many of these actions were made before 1933, such as The Munich Beer Hall Putsch and the writing of his book, Mein Kampf. Soon after Hitler was given the important role of chancellor, The Reichstag was set alight. A man by the name of Van der Lubbe was caught at the scene with the equipment to start a large fire. But was this a deed of a true pyromaniac? Some historians believe that Van der Lubbe (a Dutch communist) ...read more.

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Propaganda was a large influence on voters at this time. On 13th of March 1933, Joseph Goebbels was appointed as head of the New Ministry of Propaganda and exercised control of all media. Goebbles changed the minds of everyone with view changing posters, radio shows, cartoons and many others. Propaganda played a large part in the way Nazis gained votes. The "Law for the Alleviation and Distress of the People and the Reich", turned all law making power over to Hitler by 441 to 84 votes. A law was set up to restore Professional Civil Service, so administration, courts, schools and universities were purged of 'alien elements' such as Jews and political opponents. On the 2nd May, all union offices were seized and all unions were incorporated into German Labour Front. By the 14th of October 1933 the Reich was already dissolved and most parties such as the KPD and the SPD were already banned many other parties had dissolved themselves. ...read more.

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The SS shot many of SA leaders and anyone else at the hotel that night who posed as a threat. Now Hitler was in power, he no longer needed these troopers or their radical ideas. Hitler believed that an arch-enemy R�hm, leader of the SA, was plotting to take over the government control. After refusing to kill himself, R�hm was shot by SS soldiers. An estimated 50 SA leaders were killed that night. Hitler proudly defended his actions to the Reichstag and took full responsibility. He said he was defending Germany against a plot by R�hm and the degenerate homosexuals around him. On the 2nd of August, President Hindenburg died and Hitler became appointed Head of State. On the same day the army take an oath of personal loyalty to Hitler, which describes Hitler as '...the Fuhrer of the German nation and people, Supreme Commander of the armed forces...' During the period January 1933 until August 1934, Hitler took a mixture of radical and more cautious measures. Once in power, nothing prevented Hitler from imposing his ideas on Germany. AS History Katie Lee Major Page 1 ...read more.

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