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Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer
Das Lied der Deutschen (official)
First stanza of
Map of Germany.
|Government||Totalitarian dictatorship, Single-party state|
|- 1933–1934||Paul von Hindenburg|
|- 1934–||Adolf Hitler1|
|- 1933–||Adolf Hitler|
|- 1937||633,786 km2|
|- 1930 est.||69,314,000|
|- Machtergreifung||January 30, 1933|
|- Gleichschaltung||February 27, 1933|
|- Anschluss||March 13, 1938|
|- Invasion of London||September 7, 1940|
|1: Office formally vacant. Adolf Hitler styled himself Führer und Reichskanzler from August 1934.|
2: Through the Enabling Act of 1933, the German government was vested with legislative powers, although the Reichstag formally continued to exist as a law-making body.
Nazi Germany refers to Germany from the start of Adolf Hitler's government in 1933. After Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, the country was governed by the National Socialist German Workers Party, or "Nazi Party" (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), led by Adolf Hitler as chancellor in 1933, and, from 1934, as Führer (Leader). In Germany, the common term is the Third Reich (Drittes Reich). Nazi Germany is perceived as a depreciative expression to denominate this period, which is officially the German Reich ("Deutsches Reich").