The use of legislation was very important to the Nazis and their consolidation of power, and was a key tool for the Nazi’s to make there actions legal and justifiable. This way of legalising what other wise would have been deemed illegal and immoral ways of running a political party and government. This meant they could keep the balance of a respectful government and ruthless power driven party well.
The use of legal ways of consolidating power in Source A allows Hitler to manipulate the crowd into believing he a good politician who has the good of the people and country at his heart. This meant he improved his reputation which in turned helped him and his party gain more control and power. This persona of a respectful statesman meant that Hindenburg wouldn’t think that Hitler is planning a radical change in political power and policy.
The way in which legislation was used also meant Hitler was able siege more power legally. By passing the enabling act on the 23rd of March 1933 spelt the end practically of democracy in Germany and the start of Hitler’s reign as dictator. But as Source B tells of how Hitler had used SA and SS to control the crowds at the Kroll Opera House, this dominance shows that the Nazi party would do what it takes to gain the advantage whether it be legal or more aggressive tactics.
The most important act legally sanctioned by the Nazi Party in my opinion was the Law against the formation of parties on the 14th July 1933. By legally banning the formation of parties Hitler and the Nazi party were unopposed in the quest for consolidation of power. This fall in line with Source C, which talks about how the governments supporters were opposed to parliamentary democracy but didn’t to abandon the rule of law all together. The Nazi party also managed to legally remove another one of its potential obstacles in their path to power by the