How Hitler Consolidated Power

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How did Hitler consolidate his power from January 1933 to August 1934? When Hitler was nominated Chancellor on 30 January 1933 it was partly on the basis that he headed the largest party in the Reichstag, having gained 196 out of 584 seats (just under 34%) in the general election of November 1932. He was in coalition with the German Centre Party (Zentrumspartei) but still didn't have an overall majority. When Hitler became Chancellor, Goering became Interior Minister of Prussia, the largest of the German states and head of the Prussian police. Hitler persuaded Hindenburg to call a fresh general election for 5 March 1933, arguing that the NSDAP had been unable to form a coalition with the Centre Party. At the end of February the Reichstag burned down. Hitler immediately blamed the Communists, whipped up anti-Communist hysteria and banned them from taking part in the forthcoming elections. (It was widely believed that the Nazis were responsible for the fire). On 23 March 1933 the Reichstag passed the Enabling Law by a two-thirds majority (444 out of 647 - only the SPD voted against (94)) and enabled the Chancellor to rule by decree without even the need for approval by the President. In effect, the Reichstag then dissolved itself. The first permanent concentration camp had been set up at Dachau the day before! The SA was unleashed on political opponents and several semi-official concentration camps were set up all over Germany. (Most of these were later closed). From April 1933 till February 1934, a series of measures abolishing the federal structure of Germany and massively strengthening the powers of the central government was introduced and in May 1933 a decree was issued banning all parties except the NSDAP (Nazis) also independent labour/trade unions were also banned at the same time. - Also appointment of an official 'Reichsbischof' ('Reich
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