"The authority of local government was similarly attacked. The not inconsiderable power of the Länder disappeared as a result of the decree of 28 February [1933] and the manipulated elections which followed. Control of the police passed into the hands of the NSDAP. ... Local elections were abolished and Reich Administrators ... were appointed to rule in place of the locally elected heads of government. On 30 January 1934 all local assemblies were abolished, and states were made totally subservient to central rule."
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"The Triumph of Caesarism," in Paul Hayes (Ed.), Themes in Modern European History 1890-1945 (London and New York: Routledge, 1992), p. 191.
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