April 26th, 1942 - On this day in World War Two history, the German Reichstag gives Hitler absolute power, which removes all legal restrictions on him.
What you have to understand about Hitler is that he gained power in Germany in the early 1930's through election. He became supreme leader (Fuhrer) with the majority of votes behind him; supporting him.
I personally know people that ask me "Why did the German people not stand up against Hitler's horrid actions early on?"
And the answer to this is that the general public supported Hitler because of what he said he would give them. The Germans were oppressed by the Treaty of Versailles, the Great Depression, and the current form of government. Hitler said he would fix all of this. He ended democracy, which was in the form of the Weimar Republic (Hindenburg). He created immense amounts of jobs through public works and the building of the military. And he also strove to break the chains of the Treaty of Versailles, especially when he remilitarized the Rhineland in March of 1936 and began building the army and other branches of the military beginning in 1935.
Hitler gave the people everything they wanted, and did not say things that he would not do like some current day politicians.
There were groups against him though, as it was not complete unity. The communists, hardy democrats (few), the Jews, and other oppressed minorities were among these. But, in the end, they had to obey Hitler and could not do much because they were indeed minorities.
Now, in 1942, Hitler, with full power, and a string of victories behind him all across Europe, could do pretty much anything. But, with trouble in the USSR with majorly increased Soviet resistance, most of his attention would be focused there.
As the war came close to its end, people's mindsets of Hitler began to change, mainly because of the exposure of the true nature of the labor and death camps and the fact that Hitler would not surrender and thus made many more people die that did not have to. This is a good picture of Hitler with Goebbels (Propaganda Minister)