Was the Reichstag Fire the Main Reason Why Hitler Was Able to Establish a Dictatorship in Germany by 1934?

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In 1934 Hitler moved in to take supreme power of Germany and was able to establish a dictatorship. I agree that the main reason why Hitler was able to do this was because of the Reichstag Fire in 1933. There were many other reasons other than this such as the Enabling Act, the banning of political parties and trade unions and finally the Night of the Long Knives. The Reichstag fire was the most important why Hitler was able to establish a dictatorship. On the evening of the 27th of February 1933, the Reichstag building was destroyed by a huge fire caused by a Dutch communist supporter called van der Lubbe who was caught at the site of the fire with matches and firelighters. He was put on trial and was then executed after being found…show more content…
The Reichstag was now just a meeting place for the NSDAP. The final reason for the establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship was the Night of the Long Knives. Some SA leaders demanded that the Nazi party should carry out its socialist agenda, and that the SA should take over the army. Hitler couldn’t afford to annoy the businessmen or the army. On the 30th of June 1934, Hitler, with the help of the SS, murdered around 400 of the SA members, including its leader Ernst Röhm, along with a number of Hitler's other political opponents. All this was done in just 4 days! The Night of the Long Knives was important. The first reason it was important was because of this, Hitler was given loyalty by the army. Because the army was much smaller than the SA, they feared them a lot. Consequently, many of the Army’s leaders asked Hitler to abolish the power of the SA. If he didn’t do this, the army warned him that they will put up a candidate to oppose Hitler. The army was also the only organisation that had the power to remove Hitler. After he did this, the army swore an oath of loyalty to Hitler. So what am I to conclude? Is it still a yes or is it a no. In fact, I think the answer is still yes, because not only did the Reichstag Fire

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