Adolf Hitler by John Toland (PT7)

As Chancellor Hitler applied his deft maneuvering in the same manner he had rose to power in the first place. While it was no secret of his anti-Semitism or his desire to erect a dictatorship, he swam towards such a goal with the guile of a thief. He made nice his fellow co-leaders and presented himself as a man who loyalty was to the President.

All honeymoons end, however, and this were no different. After gaining his position he began to begin cautiously write laws which would serve for the foundation of his future Germany. Disguising his intentions under lofty rhetoric which obstructed the actual meanings, he gained the support of Hindenburg and company. Following this he turned his eye to testing of boycotting of Jewish shops; while this line was protested by Hindenburg, and as a result ceased, it showed that Hitler had the means to touch the Jewish population while playing coy.

However, even with his drafting of laws and careful consolidation of power, there remained hurdles to overcome. The foreign press relentlessly attacked Nazi claims in addition to accusing Hitler of any number of embarrassments, and the Treaty of Versailles was still in effect on-top of international groupings maneuvering to surround and suffocate a resurgent Germany.

He needed to act quickly and so he launched a two-fold plan: convince the working class to side with Nazi economic plans as well as reach out to Fascist Italy for support. The first measure succeeded with gusto: in a matter of weeks, once the communist and social democratic parties had been outlawed, Nazi propaganda infused into their program heavy doses of socialistic phrase mongering which resulted in many German proletarians believing that Hitler represented a variant of socialism which would represent their interests. The second tactic-reaching out to Italy- however, did not work out as well; while Hitler and Mussolini met, their meeting was a public relations disaster for Hitler who was outstepped and made a fool of in front of the Italian leader.

This humiliation would later be repeated on a greater scale along with the furious animosity of Mussolini’s condemnation when a Putsch (or uprising) launched by the Austrian Nazis resulted in the murder of a close associate of Mussolini’s. Not only had a confidant of the Italian dictator been murdered but it had seemed like Hitler had broken his work in leaving Austria untouched and for Italian colonization. It was revealed that Berlin Nazi leadership had sent the Austrian Nazis weapons and supplies, this reveal was too much for Mussolini and so he grew so enraged that eventually his righteous condemnation began public talk.

Hitler for his part was unmoved but being the masterful politician he was in all likelihood he had simply become skilled at hiding his true feelings. He certainly had enough practice at any rate. For it was not even a month earlier that throughout the Germany he controlled he gave orders to crackdown on a non-existent uprising within the SA ranks.

Throughout the following night as many as two-hundred Nazi party members, mostly members of the SA, were hunted down and executed without trial. Among the list was Rohm, the stern faced homosexual war veteran. Among others were cabinet members who stood in opposition to Hitler along with ordinary SA street fighters who saw Hitler’s compromise with the German military as a swing to the right and a betrayal of all they had fought for.

Such an assault was launched under false pretexts. Due to hysteria, and in all likelihood bigotry, Himmler, along with other Hitler die-hards, saw their chance to eliminate the Left-Wing which called for a Second Revolution. Using doctored documents, forged papers, and falsified victim lists, they convinced the Furor to launch the infamous purge which would forge an interior opposition which would later come back to haunt him.

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