The Reichstag fire
In february 1933 The Reichstag was set on fire, A dutsch Communist was caught Van der lubbe , might have been him, him with communists or most likely Nazis.
Hitler blamed Communists, they lost support.
Goering and secreat police arrested 4000 communist leaders the same night
(very good planning not spur of the moment)
The emergency degree
Hindenburg passed article 48 the emergency decree on the advice of Hitler because of the fire.
this suspended freedom of speech and press
the police could search houses and hold people for as long as they wanted
Death penalties were introduced for a wide range of crimes
was the legal basis for the terror campaign for 12 years
Elections and the enabling act
Hitler called another election tried to get as many votes as possible by intimidating opposition voters.
did not get the two thirds needed to pass the enabling act
banned communists, intimindated oppostion
only social democrats voted against
Hitler promised not to harm catholic faith and SA surrounded building so centre party voted for
444 votes to 94
Night of the long knives
SA was threat because Rohm had too much power and was disagreeing with Hitler on some points.
Hitler used the ** to get rid of the SA and other opposition leaders.
This was to gain the army support
Rohm was murdered
it was successful it disuaded people from opposing Hitler.
Army oath of loyalty
In August 1934 the army swore an oath of loyalty to Hitler.
they promised not to get involved in politics.
Hitler promised to rearm Germany and reintroduce conscription.
The army's support consolidated Hitler's power.
On the 2nd August Hindenburg died
Hitler combined the roles of Chancellor and President calling himself fuhrer
there was now no legal way of removing Hitler.