On the Book of Faces there was this.
This “slow build” myth needs to die a gruesome death. I’ve demolished that silly “Trump is a new Hitler” idea before. But the general principle remains.
While the extermination camps came quite a bit later, most of what made Nazi Germany a totalitarian regime happened with remarkable rapidity once Hitler was appointed Chancellor to Germany.
24 days into Hitler’s chancellorship, 40,000 SA and SS men were given police powers–sworn in as “Auxiliary Police”. The population of Germany then was about 62 million. The US population at the beginning of 2017 was 324 million, more than five times as much. 24 days into “the new Hitler” where’s the 200,000 SA and SS equivalent made into auxiliary police?
27 days into Hilter’s chancellorship, less than a month, and the Reichstag fire happened. The Congressional building is still standing, no fire.
28 days (still less than a month) and The Reichstag, seeing their meeting place burned and the burning attributed to enemies, grants Hitler expanded powers–the Reichstag Fire Decrees.
31 days, one month in, and the first concentration labor camp was opened–Orianenberg–for political opponents of Hitler’s regime. While some people like to use the term “concentration camp” to refer to detention centers used to house illegal aliens caught trying to illegally enter the United States, you could not get out of this one by simply asking to be deported to your home country.
52 days and Dachau and Buchenwald–two more concentration labor camps for political opponents of the regime–opened.
54 days–less than two months–and Hitler was granted dictatorial powers.
87 days, less than three months, and the “Secret State Police” were established.
101 days and mass burning of books that the Nazis find offensive started. (It’s not the Right, and certainly not Trump, banning, let alone burning, books for insufficient wokeness.)
123 days, about 4 months in, forced sterilizations of those with “genetic defects” begin along with more concentration camps (and still none where you could get out by saying “send me home”).
136 days, still in that fifth month, all parties but the Nazi party outlawed.
Within six months of his appointment as Chancellor, Hitler and the Nazis had seized total, complete, and uncontested power in Germany. While the mass executions and exterminations had to wait for a few more years, when it came to seizing power and crushing dissent, they moved lightning quick. Nazi Germany went from a democratic republic to a totalitarian regime not in years but in months.
The “slow build” thing is a myth, pure and simple.