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 Adolf Hitler’s rise to power began in Germany in September 1919 when Hitler joined the political party known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei DAP . The name was changed in 1920 to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei  NSDAP. This political party was formed and developed during the post-World War I era. and it advocated extreme nationalism and Pan-Germanism as well as virulent anti-Semitism. Hitler’s rise can be considered to have ended in March 1933, Adolf Hitler rose to a place of prominence in the early years of the party. Being one of the best speakers of the party, he told the other members to either make him leader of the party or he would never return. The Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923 and the later release of his book Mein Kampf  introduced Hitler to a wider audience. In the mid 1920s the party engaged in electoral battles in which Hitler participated as a speaker and organizer as well as in street battles and violence between the Rotfrontkämpferbund and the Nazis Sturmabteilung .The beginning   Adolf Hitler became involved with the fledgling Nazi Party after the First World War, and set the violent tone of the movement early, by forming the Sturmabteilung  paramilitary. Catholic Bavaria resented rule from Protestant Berlin, and Hitler at first saw revolution in Bavaria as a means to power but an early attempt proved fruitless and he was imprisoned after the 1923 Munich Beer hall Putsch. He used the time to produce Mein Kampf in which he argued that the effeminate Jewish-Christian ethic was enfeebling Europe and that Germany needed a man of iron to restore itself and build an empire. He decided on the tactic of pursuing power through legal means.He organised their biggest meeting yet of 2,000 people, on 24 February 1920 in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München. There Hitler announced the party’s 25-point program . He engineered the name change of the DAP to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei  NSDAP commonly known to the rest of the world as the Nazi Party. Hitler designed the party’s banner of a swastika in a white circle on a red background. Throughout 1920, Hitler began to lecture at Munich’s beer halls particularly the Hofbräuhaus Sterneckerbräu and Bürgerbräukeller. Only Hitler was able to bring in the crowds for the party speeches and meetings. By this time the Connor Kuusisto 2 police were already monitoring the speeches and their own surviving records reveal that Hitler delivered lectures with titles such as Political Phenomenon Jews and the Treaty of Versailles. At the end of the year party membership was recorded at 2000.On 4 November 1921 the Nazi Party held a large public meeting in the Munich Hofbräuhaus. After Hitler had spoken for some time the meeting erupted into a melee in which a small company of SA defeated the opposition.The law was applied almost immediately but did not bring the perpetrators behind the recent massacres to trial as expected. Instead five SA men who were alleged to have murdered a KPD member in Potempa  were tried. Hitler appeared at the trial as a defence witness but on 22 August the five were convicted and sentenced to death. On appeal, this sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in early September. They would serve just over four months before Hitler freed all imprisoned Nazis in a 1933 amnesty.The Nazi Party lost 35 seats in the November 1932 election, but remained the Reichstag’s largest party with 196 seats . The Social Democrats  won 121 seats  and the Communists  won 100 .The Comintern described all moderate left-wing parties as social fascists and urged the Communists to devote their energies to the destruction of the moderate left. As a result, the KPD following orders from Moscow rejected overtures from the Social Democrats to form a political alliance against the NSDAP.After Chancellor Papen left office, he secretly told Hitler that he still held considerable sway with President Hindenburg and that he would make Hitler chancellor as long as he, Papen, could be the vice chancellor. Another notable event was the publication of the Industrielleneingabe a letter signed by 22 important representatives of industry, finance and agriculture asking Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor.Hindenburg reluctantly agreed to appoint Hitler as chancellor after the parliamentary elections of July and November 1932 had not resulted in the formation of a majority government. Hitler headed a short-lived coalition government formed by the NSDAP and the German National People’s Party .On 30 January 1933, the new cabinet was sworn in during a brief ceremony in Hindenburg’s office. The NSDAP gained three posts: Hitler was named chancellor, Wilhelm Frick Minister of the Interior, and Hermann Göring, Minister Without Portfolio. The SA and SS-led torchlit parades throughout Berlin.It is this event that would become termed Hitler’s Machtergreifung  The term was originally used by some Nazis to suggest a revolutionary process, though Hitler, and others, used the word reflecting that the transfer of power took place within the existing constitutional framework and suggesting that the process was legal.Papen was to serve as Vice Chancellor in a majority conservative Cabinet  still falsely believing Connor Kuusisto 3 that he could tame  Hitler. Initially  Papen did speak out against some Nazi excesses. However  after narrowly escaping death in the Night of the Long Knives in 1934  he no longer dared criticise the regime and was sent off to Vienna as German ambassador.Both within Germany and abroad initially there were few fears that Hitler could use his position to establish his later dictatorial single party regime. Rather, the conservatives that helped to make him chancellor were convinced that they could control Hitler and tame the Nazi Party while setting the relevant impulses in the government themselves; foreign ambassadors played down worries by emphasizing that Hitler was mediocre if not a bad copy of Mussolini  even SPD politician Kurt Schumacher trivialized Hitler as a Dekorationsstuck  of the new government. German newspapers wrote that  without doubt the Hitler-led government would try to fight its political enemies but that it would be impossible to establish a dictatorship in Germany because there was a barrier over which violence cannot proceed and because of the German nation being proud of the freedom of speech and thought. Theodor Wolff of Frankfurter Zeitung wrote:Even within the Jewish German community in spite of Hitler not hiding his ardent antisemitism the worries appear to have been limited. In a declaration of January 30 the steering committee of the central Jewish German organization  wrote that as a matter of course the Jewish community faces the new government with the largest mistrust but at the same they were convinced that nobody would dare to touch  constitutional rights. The Jewish German newspaper wrote on Jan 31st:However a growing number of keen observers, like Sir Horace Rumbold British Ambassador in Berlin began to revise their opinions. On 22 February 1933 he wrote, Hitler may be no statesman but he is an uncommonly clever and audacious demagogue and fully alive to every popular instinct and he informed the Foreign Office that he had no doubt that the Nazis had come to stay. On receiving the dispatch Lord Vansittart Permanent Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs concluded that if Hitler eventually gained the upper hand then another European war  within measurable distance.With Germans who opposed Nazism failing to unite against it Hitler soon moved to consolidate absolute power.Chancellor to dictator  Following the Reichstag fire the Nazis began to suspend civil liberties and eliminate political opposition. The Communists were excluded from the Reichstag. At the March 1933 elections, again no single party secured a majority. Hitler required the vote of the Centre Party and Conservatives in the Reichstag to obtain the powers he desired. He called on Reichstag members to vote for the Enabling Act on 24 March 1933. Hitler was granted plenary powers temporarily by the passage of the Act. The law gave him the freedom to act without parliamentary consent and even without constitutional limitations.Employing his characteristic mix of negotiation and intimidation, Hitler offered the possibility of Connor Kuusisto 4 friendly cooperation promising not to threaten the Reichstag, the President the States or the Churches if granted the emergency powers. With Nazi paramilitary encircling the building, he said: It is for you gentlemen of the Reichstag to decide between war and peace. The Centre Party having obtained promises of non-interference in religion joined with conservatives in voting for the Act .The Act allowed Hitler and his Cabinet to rule by emergency decree for four years, though Hindenburg remained President. Hitler immediately set about abolishing the powers of the states and the existence of non-Nazi political parties and organisations. Non-Nazi parties were formally outlawed on 14 July 1933, and the Reichstag abdicated its democratic responsibilities.The Act did not infringe upon the powers of the President, and Hitler would not fully achieve full dictatorial power until after the death of Hindenburg in August 1934. Hindenburg remained commander-in-chief of the military and retained the power to negotiate foreign treaties

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