The Law to Safeguard the Unity of Party and State (1933)

Largely a response to disorder and dissent in the Sturmabteilung (SA), the Law to Safeguard the Unity of Party and State was passed in December 1933:

Section One

After the victory of the National Socialist revolution, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party is the bearer of the concept of the German State and is inseparable from the State. It is a corporation under public law. Its organisation will be determined by the Führer.

Section Two

The deputy of the Führer and the Chief of Staff of the SA will become members of the Reich government, in order to ensure close cooperation of the offices of the party and the SA with the public authorities.

Section Three

The members of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party and the SA (including its subordinate organisations), as the leading and driving force of the National Socialist state, will bear greater responsibility toward Führer, people and state. If they violate these duties, they will be subject to special jurisdiction by both the party and state. The Führer may extend these regulations in order to include members of other organisations.

Section Four

Every action, or failure to act, on the part of members of the SA (including its subordinate organisation) that attacks or endangers the existence, organisation, activity, or reputation of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party – in particular, any infraction against discipline and order – will be regarded as a violation of duty.

Section Five

Custody and arrest may be imposed in addition to the usual penalties.

Chancellor Adolf Hitler
Minister of the Interior Frick