In order to win the Reichstag elections and to gain an absolute majority, the NSDAP deploys all available instruments of power and terror against its political opponents. Since the Reichstag fire, the KPD is de facto outlawed and illegal, though not yet officially banned. SPD members are specifically targeted with harassment and SPD assemblies are disrupted by SA troops. Furthermore, the NSDAP intensifies its propaganda measures and spends significant sums on its election campaign. The election is marked by a high turnout of 88% which primarily benefits the NSDAP as they are able to win the support of the new voters and non-voters. Despite this, the NSDAP is unable to obtain an absolute majority in the Reichstag. With 43.9% of the vote, the party still needs the DNVP in order to attain over 50% of the seats. The KPD loses over one million voters. Conversely, the DNVP, the SPD, the Center Party and the BVP lose much less support. The bourgeois parties see their votes dwindle to the level of splinter parties.
[Bauer, p. 202]
Joseph Goebbels is appointed Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
[Bauer, p. 204]
During a staged ceremony, the “Day of Potsdam”, in the Garrison Church of Potsdam, the powers of the old Kingdom of Prussia, represented by Hindenburg, and the “young” movement, represented by Hitler, demonstrate their unity. The encounter between both protagonists was planned in advance by the new Propaganda Minister Goebbels in order to emphasize Hitler's probity and to reassure the old elite.
[Hildebrand, p. 5]
The “Law on the “Gleichschaltung” of the Federal States” adjusts the composition of the individual federal state parliaments to correspond with that of the Reichstag. This dismantles the federal structure of Germany laid down in the Reich constitution and marks another step towards an authoritarian and centrally governed “Führer state”.
[Tofahrn, p. 23]