Enabling Act Vs Reichstag Fire

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The Enabling Act and Reichstag Fire were both important to Hitler as they were both factors that helped Hitler to gain power. It can be argued that the Enabling Act is the more important factor to Hitler as it was a law passed on the 23rd of March 1933 which allowed Hitler to make his own laws without the approval of the Reichstag. Although, it can also be argued the Reichstag Fire is the more important factor as it was an incident on the 27th February 1933. It was when the Reichstag building burnt down and the incident was blamed on someone from the communist party. Arguably, the Enabling Act was the more important factor to Hitler in helping him consolidate power. In the 1920s the Nazis wanted power and had tried to seize it in a very undemocratic…show more content…
Also, in the 1920s there was a great depression in Germany that put many Germans face to face with unemployment and poverty. The Nazis took advantage of this situation and promised solutions to these problems to the people of Germany; this made them more popular after 1929 as they were slowly gaining votes in the Reichstag. By November 1932 they became the largest party with 37.4% of the vote although they still did not have a majority of the votes in the Reichstag; this meant that the Nazis still couldn’t come into power. The Reichstag Fire was important to Hitler because it allowed Hitler the ability to reduce his opposition in the Reichstag by eliminating their main competitor, the Communist party. The fire was blamed on a member of the Communist party called Marines Van Der Lubbe; this led to the…show more content…
The Enabling Act meant the destruction of all other political parties. This is supported by Source F because it explains how Hitler used the Enabling Law to consolidate power in Germany. For example from it I can infer that the political parties had no choice but to resign because Hitler created a Law “Against the Establishment of Parties,“ meaning that it was illegal to create a party, therefore no party can oppose Hitler. Also source H is useful because it shows how the Nazis used the Enabling Act to destroy their opposition; the Communists and the Social Democrats were under arrest which is proof that they couldn’t resist Hitler after the Enabling Act as in jail the parties couldn’t use any methods such as propaganda or a public
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