Hitler Comes to Power
Despite winning only a minority of the votes in German Elections, Adolph Hitler was able to seize power. Thus, the world began to slide towards war.
On July 31, 1932 elections were held and the Nazis won 230 seats in the Reichstag, becoming the largest party winning 37.5 percent of the vote. Von Papen refused to make way for Hitler to become Chancellor, the only position he would accept. Von Papen called new election and in those elections held in November. In those elections the Nazis vote went down, and they received only 197 seats. When Von Paper resigned German president Hidenburg offered Hitler the position of chancellor. Hitler refused unless he was given extraordinary powers. After a number of months of political turmoil in which Hitler brownshirts controlled the streets, Hindenburg had not choice but offer Hitler the chancellorship again. On January 30th Hitler became the new chancellor of Germany.