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 – 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 5thelection did not go Hitler’s 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.



Hitler’s 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




July 2012

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