His father, Alois Hitler —was a minor customs official who had been born illegitimately. Until he was 40, Alois used his mother's surname, Schicklgruber.
Background[ edit ] After being appointed chancellor of Germany on 30 JanuaryHitler asked President von Hindenburg to dissolve the Reichstag.
A general election was scheduled for 5 March To free himself from this dependency, Hitler had the cabinet, in its first post-election meeting on 15 March, draw up plans for an Enabling Act which would give the cabinet legislative power for four years.
The Nazis devised the Enabling Act to gain complete political power without the need of the support of a majority in the Reichstag and without the need to bargain with their coalition partners.
Preparations and negotiations[ edit ] The Enabling Act allowed the cabinet to enact legislation, including laws deviating from or altering the constitution, without the consent of the Reichstag.
Because this law allowed for departures from the constitution, it was itself considered a constitutional amendment. Thus, its passage required the support of two-thirds of those deputies who were present and voting.
A quorum of two-thirds of the entire Reichstag was required to be present in order to call up the bill. The Nazis expected the parties representing the middle class, the Junkers and business interests to vote for the measure, as they had grown weary of the instability of the Weimar Republic and would not dare to resist.
It has also been suggested that some members of the SPD were intimidated by the presence of the Nazi Sturmabteilung SA throughout the proceedings. Pacelli had been pursuing a German concordat as a key policy for some years but the instability of Weimar governments as well as the enmity of some parties to such a treaty rendered the project moot.
Text[ edit ] As with most of the laws passed in the process of Gleichschaltungthe Enabling Act is quite short, especially considering its implications. The full text, in German  and English, follows: The Reichstag has enacted the following law, which is hereby proclaimed with the assent of the Reichsratit having been established that the requirements for a constitutional amendment have been fulfilled: In addition to the procedure prescribed by the constitution, laws of the Reich may also be enacted by the government  of the Reich.
This includes the laws referred to by Articles 85 Paragraph 2 and Article 87 of the constitution. Laws enacted by the government of the Reich may deviate from the constitution as long as they do not affect the institutions of the Reichstag and the Reichsrat.
The rights of the President remain unaffected. Die Artikel 68 bis 77 der Reichsverfassung finden auf die von der Reichsregierung beschlossenen Gesetze keine Anwendung.
Laws enacted by the Reich government shall be issued by the Chancellor and announced in the Reich Gazette. They shall take effect on the day following the announcement, unless they prescribe a different date. Articles 68 to 77 of the Constitution do not apply to laws enacted by the Reich government.
Treaties of the Reich with foreign states, which relate to matters of Reich legislation, shall for the duration of the validity of these laws not require the consent of the legislative authorities. The Reich government shall enact the legislation necessary to implement these agreements.
Es tritt mit dem 1. This law enters into force on the day of its proclamation. It expires on April 1, ; it expires furthermore if the present Reich government is replaced by another. Articles 1 and 4 gave the government the right to draw up the budget and approve treaties without input from the Reichstag.
Under the Weimar Constitutiona quorum of two-thirds of the entire Reichstag membership was required to be present in order to bring up a constitutional amendment bill. Despite the virulent rhetoric directed against the Communists, the Nazis did not formally ban the KPD right away.
However, it was an open secret that the KPD deputies would never be allowed to take their seats; they were thrown in jail as quickly as the police could track them down.
Courts began taking the line that since the Communists were responsible for the fire, KPD membership was an act of treason. Thus, for all intents and purposes, the KPD was banned as of 6 March, the day after the election.
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A few others saw the writing on the wall and fled into exile. Later that day, the Reichstag assembled under intimidating circumstances, with SA men swarming inside and outside the chamber.
Only SPD chairman Otto Wels spoke against the Act, declaring that the proposed bill could not "destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible.
Kaas never received the letter. If all SPD deputies had been present, it would have still passed with The same day in the evening, the Reichsrat also gave its approval, unanimously and without prior discussion.For Adolf Hitler, the goal of a legally established dictatorship was now within reach.
On March 15, , a cabinet meeting was held during which Hitler and Göring discussed how to obstruct what was left of the democratic process to get an Enabling Act passed by the Reichstag. -Hitler told the Reichstag.
He also promised an end to unemployment and pledged to promote peace with France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But in order to do all this, Hitler said, he first needed the Enabling Act.
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The Enabling Act (German: Ermächtigungsgesetz) of , formally titled Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich ("Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich"), was an amendment to the Weimar Constitution  that gave the German Cabinet — in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler — the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag.
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