Political Violence and the Nazi Seizure of Power

A ballot-box 'revolution' made Hitler Chancellor of Germany. But political violence was the stock-in-trade consolidating Nazi power piecemeal throughout 1933 against disorganised opponents.

Hitler's Reichstag speech promoting the Enabling Act of 1933, delivered at the Kroll Opera House, following the Reichstag fire.Many contemporary observers of the Nazi takeover in 1933, and many Nazis themselves, were at pains to stress the peaceful nature of the 'German revolution'.

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