August 19th in German History: The 1934 German Referendum Makes Adolf Hitler Fuhrer

Seventeen days after the death of President Paul von Hindenberg, Germany held a referendum to legitimize Hitler’s assumption of dictatorial power. On August 1st, Hitler had combined the offices of Chancellor and President into the position of Fuhrer. On August 2nd, the day of Hindenberg’s death, he assumed his new powers. Soon after, on AugustContinue reading “August 19th in German History: The 1934 German Referendum Makes Adolf Hitler Fuhrer”