When Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30th 1933, he was in the position to appoint his very first cabinet. However, with no Nazi Party majority in the Reichstag, Hitler had to include men from other political parties in his first cabinet Ė even if they did come from the right wing Stahlhelm and German Nationalist parties. With a general election scheduled for March 1933, there can be little doubt that Hitler had no desire for a coalition cabinet even if it did include others with right wing views. From January 30th to March 5th, Hitler had to work with a coalition cabinet. When the March 5th election did not go Hitlerís way (the Nazi Party failed to win a majority of votes) he had two simple choices: work with another coalition government or embark on a course of action that would lead to a suspension of civil liberties and the introduction of the Enabling Act. Hitler chose the latter.
Hitlerís first cabinet:
Adolf Hitler: Chancellor
Franz von Papen: Vice-Chancellor
Wilhelm Frick (NSDAP): Minister of the Interior
Hemann Goering (NSDAP): Minister without Portfolio and later Minister for Air
Alfred Hugenberg (German Nationalist Party): Minister of Economics
General Werner von Blomberg (no party affiliation): Minister of Defence
Franz Seldte (German Nationalist Party): Minister of Labour
Constantin Freiherr von Neurath (no party affiliation): Foreign Minister
Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (no party affiliation): Minister of Finance
Franz Gűnter (German Nationalist Party): Minister of Justice
Paul Freiherr von Eltz-Rűhenach (no party affiliation): Minister of Communication
"Hitler and his first Cabinet". HistoryLearningSite.co.uk. 2012. Web.