One main strategy that Hitler used to gain more power was to make people take oaths. Before Hitler came to power, all German soldiers had to take an oath; the general gist of the oath was that you have to be loyal to the citizens of Germany, and you have to be obedient to your superiors. Hitler changed the oath, and made you swear by God to protect Adolf Hitler. It never mentions loyalty to the citizens, or the government, just Hitler. In addition, he made everyone with a job that was controlled by the government take the oath, not just the soldiers. For ordinary citizens, there were no good options. either you lose your job and can not get employed again, or you become Hitler's puppet. there was nothing anyone could do about it, as Hitler was too powerful already.