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Volume 003
Subdivision "Subdivision 7 / Nazi Party"
Part 1
Section 7.06(c)
Title Statement of [illegible] / JJ.C. 1 / Between The Accession to Power (Early 1933) and the Outbreak of the War in Europe (Late 1939) the Nazi Conspirators Consolidated Their Control of Germany by Utilizing and Molding Its Political Machinery to Their Own Purposes
Pages 19
Pages Supplemental This document is paginated a-s; the first eight pages also carry Arabic numerals (1-8).
Date Not dated
Language English
Author Major S. M. Peyser
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Frick; Hess; Rosenberg; Frank; Mutschmann; Guertner; Lutze; Meissner; Schlegeberger; Thierack; Himmler
Other Dates 11 August 1918; 24 March 1933; 30 January 1934; 15 September 1935; 30 August 1939; 14 July 1933; 18 March 1938; 1924; 30 January 1935; 31 March 1933; 5 March 1933; 7 April 1933; 31 January 1934; November 12, 1933; 2 February 1934; 14 February 1934; 27 November 1934; 1 August 1934; 20 August 1934; August 1,1914; 11 April 1933; 30 June 1933; 20 July 1933; 14 October 1936; 26 January 1937; 28 February 1939; 26 April 1942; 21 March 1933; 20 November 1938; 24 April 1934; 18 April 1936; 18 January 1935; 5 June 1935; 29 November 1935; 18 June 1935; 25 June 1935; 9 September 1935; 31 January 1938; 1 October 1942; 21 May 1935; 4 September 1938; 30 August 1939; 29 March 1935; 1 December 1933; 17 June 1936
Abstract This section (c) of the greater brief, "Acts Done in Carrying Out the Conspiracy," outlines and elucidates the methods and means by which the Nazi Party consolidated its power in and control of Germany. Using existing political institutions (which they subsequently replaced with their own organs of authority and control), the Nazis abolished local governments and purged the civil service and judiciary of anyone suspected of being unsympathetic to the Party platform and the overriding concept of a Greater Germany. With the Reichstag reduced to a merely pro forma legislative body predominately constituted of Nazis, political power was readily centralized and authority established by strict hierarchical relationships; Hitler, it hardly needs to be said, occupied the apex of the pyramid. This document is a typewritten copy.
Keywords Reichstag; Mein Kampf; Weimer Constitution; Reconstruction Law; Nuernberg Laws; Reich Election Law; Elections; Reich Governor; Land Government; Land officials; Land legislature; Reich Government; Reich Council; President; Chancellor; NSDAP; Civil servants; "Purge Laws"; Communism; Marxism; Social Democracy; German Civil Service Law; Law for the Restoration of Professional Civil Service; Judiciary; judges; People's Court; Party Court; Hohnstein; Gestapo; State; Party; SA; SS