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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
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Political Impact of Hitler’s Ruling (Enabling Act, 23 March 1933)

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POLITICAL IMPACT

Enabling Act, 23 March 1933

With the Communist Party decimated during the election campaigns, the Nazi Party won 44% of the vote in the March 1933 elections.

With the support of another small right-wing party (Hugenberg’s Nationalist Party), the Nazis now had the majority of the votes in the Reichstag.

Hitler now planned to pass the Enabling Act, which would enable him to pass laws without the President’s approval, thus giving him a huge amount of power.

When the Enabling Act was to be voted on March 23, SA and SS men surrounded the building where the vote was taking place.

  • Only Nazis and their supporters were allowed into the building.
  • Communist Party & Social Democrat Party were banned from taking part in future elections.
  • The bill for Enabling Act was passed, thus greatly increasing the political authority of Hitler & the Nazis in Germany.