The Nazi Consolidation of Power in 1933 Was Primarily Due to the Use of Terror and Intimidation.

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It is evident that terror and violence can be said to have played a key role in bringing about the Nazi’s consolidation of power, as violence was such an important part of Nazism and was always used during their rule. An example, of this can be seen with the opening of the concentration camp in Dachau, which certainly sent out a strong message to the German people that the Nazi party were going to get rid of all their threats through violence and intimidation. However, other factors such as ‘Gleichschaltung’, legality and the successful use of propaganda also contributed a vast amount to the Nazi’s consolidation of power. For example, they developed propaganda effectively as a means of misleading the political nation of their real intentions and significances of their actions, which ultimately led to their consolidation of power. It is clear that Terror and intimidation were important factors in allowing the Nazis to consolidate power 1933, for the reason that violence still had an impact on political developments, for example, even negotiations between Hitler, von Papen and Hindenburg took place against the conditions of well publicised acts of SA (Storm troopers) violence. In May 1933 ¬, ¬SA members stormed trade union headquarters and disbanded it. This violence cuased many leaders of the SPD to flee abroad and in June its party was officially banned. The majority of the 3000 members of the party that remained were arrested and taken to the Dachau concentration camp where they were later tortured and killed. This ulitmately potrays the brutality of the Nazis, which effectively contributed to their consolidation of power. After to the Reichstag fire on the 27th of February, the police were given the powers to detain suspects for an indifinate period without reference to the courts. This allowed the Nazi’s to justify the arrest, imprisonment and often torture
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