One-Party State

Like Italian Fascism, Nazism also created a single-party State, headed by one supreme leader, the Fuhrer. The party was the National Socialist Party which alone was legally recognised when Hitler captured power in 1933. All other parties were abolished by law. There was, therefore, no opposition party.

Further, the law declared the Nazi Party as “the bearer of the idea of the German State and inseparably connected with State.” The Nazi slogan was: one Leader, one Party and one State. The emblem of the Nazi Party was the crooked cross, the Swastika—adopted for its Aryan origins, Nazi Party exercised several powers, such as “the right of appointing municipal councillors, selecting jurors and members of the school boards, investigating public records and consulting with State authorities on practically every matter.”

Its members enjoyed various privileges in respect of employment, railway fares, etc.