One of my correspondents told me recently that it had taken Hitler less than three months to take absolute control of the German government. Although I have an understanding of the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler, I was surprised by her statement, and did considerable research over the next two days.
She was right.
It took Hitler only 53 days from his appointment as Chancellor of Germany (30 January 1933) to become the virtual dictator of that country. That occurred with the passage of the Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz) on 24 March 1933.
Within months, he withdrew Germany from the League of Nations and began to increase the size of the German army.
He crushed opposition from within his own party during the Night of the Long Knives when between 85 and 200 people were fired with extreme prejudice (murdered), including Ernst Röhm, once a close friend who Hitler feared to have become a rival.
In the United States, we have a penchant for taking the measure of a president by watching his “First 100 Days.”
Are we that unobservant—or in the case of the current president, seemingly oblivious—that we can’t figure out what he represents and where he is headed?
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.