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Adolf Hitler Becoming the Chancellor of Germany

Adolf Hitler Becoming the Chancellor of Germany In this essay I will explore the reasons why Hitler became the Fuhrer of Germany and shall study in detail the chain of events that helped him to do this. On February 27th 1933, just after Hitler became chancellor the Reichstag building mysteriously caught fire and burned down. A Dutch communist, Marinus Van der Lubbe, was found with matches in his pocket. There and then he was charged the crime of setting the Reichstag building alight, and later confessed. He was executed on trial. People still believe that the Nazis some how set the building on fire themselves, as there is no concrete evidence to suggest that it was the young Dutchman, and that the confession wasn't forced out of him. There is some evidence to suggest this theory is correct. There was a secret passageway that ran from the SA's office to the Reichstag building. No one could prove this theory; and Hitler immediately after the fire claimed it was a communist plot to bring down the Government. This worked in his favour, as the Communists were a threat to him. The March 1933 election brought the Nazis 44% of the vote, more than ever before. However the Nazis needed 50% of the vote to have the total control that they wanted. They would have to join with another party, that party was the Nationalist party. This was a breakthrough for the Nazis. Now that Hitler had control of the Reichstag he pressed home his advantage and introduced the Enabling Law, which would allow him to rule unopposed. To get the law it had to be approved by two thirds of the Reichstag, which became an obstacle, Hitler simply didn't have this, he had half the Reichstag's approval. Hitler's next move was to take away the 81 seats belonging to the communists. Hitler also wanted to get rid of the Social Democrats; he did this by threatening them with the SA. After this display other parties gave in, and the Enabling law was passed by 444 votes to 94.
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