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3 Corrected the spelling of Weimar; added information about the Night of Long Knives
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Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.
  • The Night of the Long Knives, after the elections, removed many people opposed to the Nazi party.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the WeinmarWeimar republic with a clear 5 to 1 majority in parliament.

Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weinmar republic with a clear 5 to 1 majority in parliament.

Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.
  • The Night of the Long Knives, after the elections, removed many people opposed to the Nazi party.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weimar republic with a clear 5 to 1 majority in parliament.

Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

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Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weinmar republic with a clear 5 to 1 majority in parliament. 

Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weinmar republic. Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weinmar republic with a clear 5 to 1 majority in parliament. 

Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.

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Was Hitler elected by the democratic process? I suppose, but really only in the Tammany Hall (JFK?) sense of the word.

In summation:

  • The German Communists were one of his chief competitors: he successfully framed them for the Reichstag fire and made them (basically) illegal.
  • The same act which allowed him to boot the communists gave him authority to detain members of the Social Democrats (other opponents)
  • Hitler lied to the leader of a third major party, leading to his endorsement of the plan which allowed Hitler to take the helm.

So, with one opposing group illegal, another crippled, and a third deceived, he was able to gain legislative and executive control of the Weinmar republic. Once he had this, it was trivial to either coerce opponents to "voluntarily" step down or, in some cases, forcibly remove them to concentration camps.