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  1. Unit 1: The World in Crisis

    1. Impact of World War I in Europe
    14 Topics
  2. 2. Stalin's Soviet Union
    12 Topics
  3. 3. Hitler's Germany
    27 Topics
  4. 4. Outbreak WWII in Europe
    13 Topics
  5. 5. Germany's Defeat in World War II
    21 Topics
  6. 6. Outbreak War in Asia Pacific
    6 Topics
  7. 7. Japan's Defeat
    10 Topics
  8. Unit 2: Bi-Polarity and the Cold War
    8. Reasons for the Cold War in Europe
    21 Topics
  9. 9. The Korean War
    19 Topics
  10. 10. Cuban Missile Crisis
    25 Topics
  11. 11. The End of Cold War
    19 Topics
Chapter 3, Topic 15
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Political Impact of Hitler’s Ruling (Creation of the Fuehrer position, August 1934)

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Creation of the Fuehrer position, August 1934

  • Hitler sought to consolidate his position further after the death of President Hindenburg in 1934.
  • Hitler merged the powers of the President with those of the Chancellor, and proclaimed himself Fuehrer, or Supreme Leader, of the German people.
  • The merging of the powers meant that Hitler now had the authority to invoke Article 48, which he was not empowered previously as Chancellor. Together with his power on the Enabling Act, as well as the army’s oath of allegiance to him, Hitler was now extremely powerful.
  • After Hindenburg’s funeral, the Nazis held a plebiscite to gauge whether the German people approved of Hitler’s new powers. As expected, they voted a resounding ‘yes’.

Summary of how Hitler became Fuehrer

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