Enabling Act

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Enabling Act

  1. 2. WHY WAS THE ENABLING ACT SO IMPORTANT? The Act gave Hitler the power to make laws without the approval of either the Reichstag or the President The Reichstag had in effect voted itself out of existence It had voted to introduce a Nazi dictatorship Met 12 times over next 11 years- but only to listen to Hitler speak- never debated. Had no say on policies. The Weimar Republic was dead Hitler wanted all power placed in his hands, to be able to pass laws without consulting the Reichstag….effectively allowing him to establish a DICTATORSHIP No democratic debate <ul><li>Hitler banned the Communists </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidated other political parties </li></ul>The ENABLING ACT triggered a period of rapid change in Germany- the NAZI REVOLUTION HOW? RESULT
  2. 3. Nazi terror tactics reached a peak in the days after the Reichstag fire DEALING WITH OPPOSITION Opposition politicians were arrested & imprisoned Workers were no longer allowed to join trade unions Enemies of the Nazis particularly Communists could be executed The SA could search the homes of suspected opponents Many opponents were driven into exile The Nazis intimidated voters by watching over them as they marked their ballot papers HOW DID THE NAZIS DEAL WITH OPPOSITION? propaganda intimidation

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