How had a minority party transformed weimar repubulic

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How had a minority party transformed Weimar Repubulic with totalitariaistic  government? Article 48 (Emergency Decrees)      – did not set off alarm to the beginning of a  dictatorship Gleichschaltung     : Making everything the same, bringing into line Social organizations, political institutions at a local, regional, national  level Using “salami tactics”: Take little by little, does not look dramatic until  the end. Representative of Germany in 1930s Bertolt Brecht -  German playwright, opposed the NSDAP, wrote plays that  were performed in the streets Germany could not see it coming How much would Nazis act on ideological blueprint/gameplan? Nazi racial policy – April 1933 = ban on Jewish businesses 1935 – Nuremburg laws: Jews not citizens Appears like a step by step progression Functionalist Argument : Anticipating ideological steps explains progression  from step 1 to step 2 Reichstag Fire debate     Who/What party started it? Role of Van der Lubbe, communist party – could one man alone have set the  fire? Nazis set fire to put final nail in coffin of Weimar? Could communists have set it? Agreed upon that was not communist attempt to start revolution Nobody knows who truly set the fire How did the Nazis use the Reichstag fire? Decree for protection of German people (Reichstag fire Decree) Ended all semblance of civil rights – freedom of press, speech, organization  etc. People being arrested placed in concentration camps by SA
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No habeus corpus – no info to family, people just disappeared Difficult for people to protest this Nazi Govt     Set up supreme court/prosecutor for Fire Case Could not get enough evidence to convict communists on fire Could find evidence for van der Lubbe – appeared that he had set fire alone March 2, 1933     Chief Law Enforcement of Germany (NAME????): Strong statement against  the Communists essentially blaming them for the Fire Anyone in anyway connected to communists would be collected for  questioning – included social democrats as well.  Arrested mid-level, grassroots, state-level officials: to “chop” them off at the  knee. Wouldn’t create martyrs by arresting top KPD leaders KPD candidates disappeared right before the election Nazis used the radio – previously not allowed by the Weimar Republic March 5, 1933     Only real election of the Third Reich Anybody who criticized Hitler’s govt would be arrested – made it impossible  for other parties to campaign
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