How did the Nazis win the March 1933 elections?
- They controlled the news media.
- Opposition meetings were banned.
- They used the SA to terrorise opponents.
- A fire broke out in the Reichstag building, and Hitler whipped up opposition against the Communists, who said he started it.
- Hitler used emergency decrees to pass measures against terrorists - Communists were arrested so that people wouldn't vote for them.
- In March 1933, Hitler forces through his Enabling Act.
- On the 'Night of Long Knives', Hitler removes the opposition of Rohm.
- Hitler takes over from Hindenburg and is now called 'Der Fuhrer'.
- The Nazis won 288 seats but no majority - the Communists still won 81.
- Hitler declared the Communist party illegal.
- This gave him support in parliament to bring in an Enabling Act which was passed with threats and bargaining in March 1933.
- This Act let him govern for four years without parliament and made all other parties illegal. Hitler was almost in full control.
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