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The Red MillionaireA Political Biography of Willy Munzenberg, Moscow's Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West$
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Sean McMeekin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098471

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098471.001.0001

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The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

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Sean McMeekin

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DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098471.003.0015

This chapter discusses Adolf Hitler's coming into power, and how very few Germans expected him to be an effective chancellor. Both Hugenberg and Papen, who took the crucial positions of economics minister and vice chancellor in Hitler's government, believed the would-be dictator was under their control. Hitler, outnumbered by non-Nazis eight to three in the Cabinet, appeared to be a weak “parliamentary” chancellor, backed by a Reichstag majority, but able to rule only at the mercy of the reluctant conservative allies who supplied him that majority. His power ultimately rested on the support of President Hindenburg, who had no intention of granting the new chancellor access to the almost limitless emergency presidential powers to which he held the key under the Weimar constitution.

Keywords:   effective chancellor, Adolf Hitler, Hugenberg, Papen, economics minister, vice chancellor, parliamentary chancellor, Reichstag majority, President Hindenburg, Weimar constitution

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