A common misconception is that a dictator can never come to power by means that are legal. This is not true. Adolf Hitler, the cold hearted dictator of Germany during World War II, is a near perfect example of how a dictator can form a regime legally. Hitler became a dictator when the Reichstag building was set on fire on February 27, 1933 while he was currently the only leader of Germany. A Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, was tried and found guilty of the crime. Hitler used the countries fear of communism to suspend the German constitution and take executive powers. Some historians believe that a more likely culprit for the Reichstag fire was a Nazi obeying an order from Hitler himself to set fire to the building allowing him to suspend the German constitution and take the executive powers; however, there is no proof that this occurred. So, from what is provable, Hitler became a dictator by working inside of the law (“Hitler Becomes Chancellor” para.8).
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