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@Tyler Durden is substantially correct i.e. the Wermier President (then the Great WW1 General Hindenburg) did have the constitutional authority to dismiss Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, at anytime of his choosing. What is missing from Druden's answer and all the other's to date is the acknowledgement that German democracy was doomed, one way or the ...


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Hitler was not particularly patronizing, but he definitely supported people he liked from his early life. For example, as a young man he reportedly had an affair with a French girl named Charlotte Lobjoie by whom he had a son, and she told her son that Hitler always sent her money. Hitler was kind of a loner, so he didn't have many friends when he was ...


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The election of March 5th 1933 was not a free and fair election anymore, unlike todays elections in the US and Europe. Opposition party members had gotten arrested and people intimidated, so the Reichstag opposition members, not all were present, were under intense pressure to do nothing about it.


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There was a mechanism called voting against Hitler. Unfortunately, Hitler's opponents failed to set aside their differences and unite against him. It is important to realise that Hitler did not gain dictatorial powers solely by virtue of winning a democratic election (though the Nazi electoral performance helped immensely). In fact, in the last generally ...


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To answer your question: of course there were "legal" mechanisms to do anything. The President could have dismissed Hitler at any time. The Reichstag could have passed laws to do anything they wanted, including having BOTH Hindenberg and Hitler removed. The "legal" means are always there. The important thing however is the will of the people. To answer your ...


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This is a very good question. The answer is: yes. Everyone who wanted to know, knew. (This includes Hitler). There were plenty of people who managed to escape to the West, they published their accounts. There were plenty of other sources: Soviet union was never closed completely. On the other hand, enormous pro-Soviet propaganda, supported by many left-wing ...


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Of course. It wasn't much of a secret. Some 85% of the Soviet military's top positions were removed; the scale alone makes it rather impossible to hide. In fact, knowledge that Stalin had decapitated his own army's backbone was one of the factors motivating Nazi Germany to invade. But not only did [the Great Purges] do incalculable damage to the future ...


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Yes there were many trials. The extent was not nesscarily known but the removal of many senior officers was well known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Trials



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