The Enabling Act

Hitler’s next step was to pass the Enabling Act. This would give him and his government full powers for the next four years. If he could get enough of the Reichstag to agree to it, it would give Hitler greater powers than the president. He managed to get enough of the Reichstag on his side for the Enabling Act to become law. He did this in a devious way. He promised the Centre Party (who were a traditional, Christian political party) that he would respect the rights of the Church. The Communist Party had no strength to oppose Hitler as most of them were still languishing in jail and Hitler had absentees (people who were missing) counted as present and decided which way they would’ve voted had they been there! Members of the SA intimidated members of the Reichstag as they arrived in the chamber to vote.

The Enabling Act became law on 24th March and it signalled the end of DEMOCRACY in Germany…