Why the Reichstag continued to exist in Germany after the Nazis came to power?
Answer from: Kristina Koskova:
There are several reasons.
1. The Nazi regime needed to legitimize itself and its activities, and they needed the Reichstag for that. It may seem somewhat paradoxical, but before 1943 parliament was necessary for the extra-parliamentary lawmaking of Hitler and his government: the fact is that the law giving the government the power to legislate, passed by the Reichstag in 1933, was not indefinite (it was for 4 years and was repeatedly extended), and only in war and the corruption of the legal regime did anyone object to Hitler declaring the law indefinite. Т.е. parliament sanctioned by its presence Hitler's right to legislate bypassing parliament.
2. The Nazi regime also needed as a regime supported by the people. As a legislator, Hitler combined emergency legislation (when his own decrees or decrees on behalf of his government had the force of law), ordinary lawmaking (through the Reichstag) and plebiscitary legislation - referendums were held on the most important issues for the regime (quitting the League of Nations, merging the powers of the president and head of government, etc.).). On this basis, Hitler needed the Reichstag to imitate the continuing support of the people for his regime - it was a troublesome job to put together plebiscites to demonstrate the unity of the Volksgemeinschaft, and legislation via decrees alone was a blatant demonstration of the dictatorial nature of the regime not only to the international public, but also within Germany. Hitler did not want to have the reputation of a dictator - he wanted the trust of public opinion, he wanted to feel like a man who had the support of the people (he valued public opinion - for example, only in the last phase of the war did he agree to organize working hours in several shifts and to involve women in industrial production, because even in war conditions he did not want to lose public support; thanks to the pressure of public opinion was stopped "T4 action" - Euthanasia program; in general, there are many examples).
3. It was also important that Hitler did not want to appear as a dictator in the eyes of the international community, as mentioned above-the presence of parliament demonstrated to the world that he was not a tyrant but rather a leader, supported by traditional political institutions and popular representation.
4. The motivation of corruption was also important. Hitler believed that his associates in "years of struggle" are entitled to "to be justly compensated" for their deprivations. Therefore he turned a blind eye to the fact that public office became a means of enrichment and a resource for members of the Nazi party to solve a variety of problems. The parliamentary mandate presupposed salaries and benefits, as well as access to a certain share of power, so the opportunity to give a seat on the parliamentary list was a resource for rewarding the loyalty of party members.