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Hitler was appointed Chancellor on the 30th of January 1933 with only two other Nazis in the Cabinet this was though to be enough to control him by Van Papen and the conservatives Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to hold new elections in March 1933 in the hope he would gain an over all majority However in the new elections Hitler controlled Prussia through Gring Cabinet Minister and the other two fifths of Germany through Frick the other Cabinet Minister With Nazi appointed police chiefs and local government heads the Nazis had the legal power to intimidate the electorate By the end of February 1933 Hitler was Chancellor and in control of police and local government all legally and not within the spirit of the constitution On the 27th of February 1933 a half-mad Dutch Communist called Van der Lubbe was found wondering in the ashes of the burning Reichstag This provided the Nazis with the opportunity to persuade Hindenburg to sign an emergency decree composed by Frick on February the 28th suspending civil liberties and allowing the central Government to run regional governments deemed unable to run them selves By the end of April twenty five thousand people had been taken into protective custody in Prussia alone Under the decree Frick was able to take over areas not already controlled by Gring Because of the suicide clause these actions were legal however they were definitely not within the democratic spirit of the constitution In the Reichstag elections of March 1933 the Nazis increased their control from 331 in December 1932 to 439 This increase can be attributed to the Nazis strong stance on Communism The Nazis were known for their hatred of Communism the middle class voted Nazi because of that policy Joseph Goebbels propaganda machine was also very good at acquiring votes Nazi intimation by the now auxiliary policeman in Prussia the SA and SS plus the threat of unemployment by Nazi
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