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  •  The (Third) Reich Local Government Law of 1935, (8+ / 0-)

    The three legs of the National Socialist reengineering of German civil society:

    1) Crush the unions via The Enabling Act to choke off support for the Social Democrats (Right to Work, eh?)
    2) Regulate marriage with the Nuremberg Laws (DOMA anyone?)
    3) Abolish local governments

    under pressure from the Reich Interior Ministry under the Nazi Wilhelm Frick, a new law abolished all the federated states, from Prussia downwards, along with their governments and parliaments, and merged their Ministries into the corresponding Reich Ministries. Thus the federal constitution which inone form had characterized the German political system for over a thousand years, and was to do so again after 1945, was swept away. Characteristically, however, some elements of federalism remained, so the process of dissolution was incomplete. The Party Regional Leaders retained their position as regional Reich Governors, and continued to occupy powerful positions within the Party hierarchy. They wielded considerable influence over local and regional affairs, though here the Reich Local Government Law of 1935, in abolishing local elections, placed the appointment of mayors largely within the competence of the Interior Ministry in Berlin. This in turn aroused the hostility of the District Leaders (Kreisleiter) of the Party, who often exploited the right of participation accorded them by the law in the appointment of local officials to interfere in local government and place their cronies and clients in offices for which they were often quite unsuited.

    Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich In Power

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:52:32 AM PST

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