Government of Nazi Germany

Government of the German Reich
Regierung des Deutschen Reiches
(Adolf Hitler)
Imperial Eagle (Reichsadler), shield of the German Reich.
WWII, Europe, Germany, "Nazi Hierarchy, Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Hess", The Desperate Years p143 - NARA - 196509.jpg
Date formed30 January 1933 (1933-01-30)
Date dissolved30 April 1945 (1945-04-30)
People and organisations
FührerAdolf Hitler (from August 1934)
ReichskanzlerAdolf Hitler
No. of ministers41
Status in legislatureReichstag (until 1934, then used for meeting purposes)
Election(s)March 1933 (members of the VIII Reichstag)
November 1933 (new Reichstag)
1934 Referendum (merger of the positions of Imperial Chancellor "Reichskanzler" and President "Reichspräsident"; creation of office Führer)
PredecessorGovernment of the Weimar Republic
SuccessorAllied Control Council

The Government of Nazi Germany was a dictatorship run according to the Führerprinzip. As the successor to the government of the Weimar Republic, it inherited the government structure and institutions of the previous state. Although the Weimar Constitution technically remained in effect until Germany's surrender in 1945, there were no actual restraints on the exercise of state power. In addition to the already extant government of the Weimar Republic, the Nazi leadership created a large number of different organizations for the purpose of helping them govern and remain in power. They rearmed and strengthened the military, set up an extensive state security apparatus and created their own personal party army, which in 1940 became known as the Waffen-SS.

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