so what with the late political vicissitudes here on earth, there's been a lot of talk about legitimate accession to power. inevitably it gets pointed out that Hitler gained power in a quasi-legitimate, and certainly legal, way.
unfortunately people making this point often state it as "Hitler was elected." this claim is factually inaccurate, and know-it-alls rarely miss the opportunity to jump on the inaccuracy; however, in doing so, they miss the real point, which is that even an accession to power that is viewed as aboveboard can be catastrophic in its outcomes.
they also miss the underlying accuracy of the claim, which is that Hitler's appointment to the chancellorship was a direct result of the electoral success of the NSDAP in the spring 1933 election, in which they took 44% of the popular vote, becoming the largest single-party bloc in the Reichstag and driving the old-money oligarchs von Papen and von Schleicher to a dangerous and ultimately disastrous behind-the-scenes courtship of their power. yes, Hitler was appointed due to non-electoral machinations; but to quibble over the use of the term "elected" is to ignore the reflection of the popular will that his accession to power represents.