However, after narrowly escaping death in the Night of the Long Knives inhe no longer dared criticise the regime and was sent off to Vienna as German ambassador.
Even before the national power grab, individuals who had spoken out against the Nazis were anxious about their personal safety. President Hindenburg and his chancellors could not lift Germany out of the depression.
It is surprising, then, that questions about this are often badly done. His strategy proved successful: at a general membership meeting, he was granted absolute powers as party chairman, with only one nay vote cast.
Later in AugustHitler redefined the group, which became known as the "Gymnastic and Sports Division" of the party Turn- und Sportabteilung.
Hitler only served nine months, and the rest of his term was suspended. Now this is not to say that these events were not significant: clearly the humiliation of Versailles and the trauma of hyperinflation hung over the Republic like a black cloud throughout its history, becoming significant memories in the crucial period — but that is when they are relevant, when they are used by Hitler and the Nazis to undermine Weimar, to reawaken fears and anger in the German people.
Their popular support began to shrink. On 3 AprilHitler was elected as the liaison of his military battalion and again on 15 April. The Act did not infringe upon the powers of the President, and Hitler would not fully achieve full dictatorial power until after the death of Hindenburg in August In the first round on 13 March, Hitler had polled over 11 million votes but was still behind Hindenburg.
The Barmat Scandal was often used later in Nazi propaganda, both as an electoral strategy and as an appeal to anti-Semitism.