The Rule of Law: l’État de droit

A selection of 6 texts on Weimar, Nazism and the seizure of power

Source 1: article 48 of the German Constitution of August 11, 1919

– If public safety and order in Germany are materially disturbed or endangered, the President may take the necessary measures to restore public safety and order, and, if necessary, to intervene with the help of the armed forces. To this end he may temporarily suspend, in whole or in part, the fundamental rights established in Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124, and 153.


Source 2: A New Policy

It will be necessary to pursue a new policy. Instead of working to achieve power by an armed coup, we will have to hold our noses and enter the Reichstag against the Catholic and Marxist members. If outvoting them takes longer than outshooting them, at least the result will be guaranteed by their own constitution. Any lawful process is slow. Sooner or later we will have a majority, and after that Germany!

Adolf Hitler, Extract from a letter, 1924


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