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Army Fails to Balk at Hitler Seizure of Power

With no one in all grief-stricken Germany to say him nay, now that the body of Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg lies in state at Tannenburg, Adolf Hitler, the little Austrian house-painter who became Chancellor, hoisted himself to the topmost rung of the Reich’s political ladder.

Alone, his power undisputed even by the Reichswehr, which had been expected to demur at being sucked into Nazi politics, Hitler