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He is made Minister without portfolio o He is made the Prussian Minister of Interior (the largest state of Germany) So he is in control of the largest police force in Germany o He is also the President of Reichstag o Wields considerable power being Minister of Interior as well as President of Reichstag Frick controls the rest of Germany (other than Prussia), as well as their police forces Werner von Blomberg: o He the German Minister of Defense o Not a member of the NAZI party, but sympathetic to them ° ° Consolidation of Power: Reichstag dissolves on February 1 st , 1933 New Elections (March 5 th , 1933): o NAZI party received 43.9% of vote Plus 8% from DNVP (the leading conservative party) made them the majority vote o The NAZI party view this as a failure They want to have more than half the vote themselves o During these weeks, the NAZIs campaigned harder than ever
“Emergency Decree” (February 4 th , 1933): o Allows detention for up to 3 months for those engaged in armed breaches of the peace or acts of treason However, it is up to the NAZI party to depict what ‘breaches of peace’ and/or ‘acts of treason’ are o NAZIs can do all the bad things they did before (harassment, etc.), but now they can make legitimate arrests for it o This decree also limits the freedom of the press SS/SA made Auxiliary Police (February 22 nd , 1933): o When police are called, SS/SA arrive “Decree for the Protection of People and State” (Feb. 28 th , 1933): o Also called the ‘Reichstag Fire Decree’ because of the claimed ‘communist’ setting fire to the Reichstag building Used to depict a German revolution ‘Dangers’ of the communist party o This halts communist parties’ abilities in campaigning “Enabling Act” (March 23 rd , 1933): o Able to issue laws without the Reichstag o 2/3 majority vote needed Passes – 444 to 94 Only the SPD (Social Democratic Party) votes against it o This deviated from the constitution o The act lasted 4 years ° ° ‘Gleichschaltung’ (Coordination): Bringing all elements of German state and society into line Largely completed by July, 1933 Characterized by immense violence
Particularly concerned with political opposition, labour, and military (who had not declared their support for the NAZI party yet) o Without military support, impossible to control a country Problems for NAZIs: o SA was becoming threatening in diminishing the power of the party Hindenburg still had the power to remove Hitler as Chancellor (as he was the President) o Hitler then began his plans to bring everything into line Controlling ‘Lander’ (State) Governments: o “Civil Service Law” (April 7 th , 1933): Non-Aryans can be removed from civil service positions, and political positions o ‘Reichstatthalter’ (Reich Governors): Fabricated position made to take over state, and municipal governments They would come in and control the leader of that region They would also remove people who have been democratically elected

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