How Far Was Hitler's In Control Of Germany

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On August 2nd, 1934, Hindenburg passed away at the age of 87. When he died, Hitler was instantly the most powerful man in Germany with control over the German Army. However there are other equally important reasons how Hitler had total control of Germany. The oath of Loyalty from the army gained its obedience, whilst the Enabling Act meant he could pass any law he wanted too as he gained control of law making. The Night of the Long Knives eliminated serious threats and banning trade unions gave him control of all workers. Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany made him the second most powerful man in Germany with a platform to spread propaganda. The law against formation of new parties allowed Germany to become a one party state eliminating political opposition, whilst the Fire in the Reichstag…show more content…
Some protestant leaders such as Niemoller challenged the Nazis and set up the Confessional Church to oppose Hitler’s Reich Church. This however proved that Hitler wasn’t in control of all aspects of Germany because there were people who were ready to go against him, and did not fear him. Moreover, The Catholic Church, signed a Concordat with Hitler saying they would stay out of politics if the Nazis left them alone. The Nazis then betrayed the Concordat, and banned the Catholic Youth, they removed church symbols from classrooms before taking control of church schools, which angered The Catholic Church. The Catholic Church then replied by criticising Hitler in a papal message “With Burning Concern”. Furthermore, another person who opposed Hitler was Von Galen, who ran a successful campaign about euthanasia of physically and mentally handicapped children as a means of infuriating the Nazis. The Nazis had to abandon their policy about it. This proved that Hitler was not in full control of Germany because the people were against him and they didn’t hide their anger and
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