Adolf Hitler gives a speech at Göring's Reichstag President's Palace to a select group of leading industrialists. This meeting is arranged by Hjalmar Schacht, Reich Minister of Economics. During this secret meeting, Hitler reassures them that their economic futures will be secure under the Nazis and therefore they shouldn't fear donating funds to the Nazis for the upcoming March elections.
Adolf Hitler explains to the corporate and industrial leaders:
"Private enterprise cannot be maintained in the age of democracy; it is conceivable only if the people have a sound idea of authority and personality... All the worldly goods we possess we owe to the struggle of the chosen... We must not forget that all the benefits of culture must be introduced more or less with an iron fist."
Hitler promises to continue with efforts to eliminate communism as well as plans to reconstitute the Wehrmacht - a potentially lucrative proposition for businesses with military interests.
Hitler also issues a threat:
"We stand before the last election. Regardless of the outcome, there will be no retreat. ...One way or another, if the election does not decide, the decision will simply have to be brought about by other means. ...There are only two possibilities, either to crowd back the opponent on constitutional grounds ...or a struggle will be conducted with other weapons, which may demand greater sacrifices."
It's not clear if Hitler is serious or not because he has a long-standing habit of making threats like this if he thinks he wasn't going to get his way. The industrialists can't know this, however, so they are given clear warning about what sort of leader Adolf Hitler will be: a person willing to use violence and break the law when they cannot achieve their goals by legal means.
Hermann Goering then hits them up for large campaign contributions for the election in three weeks and the industrialists donate heavily - 3 million Marks. When asked after the war about who was there agreeing to provide the crucial financial backing for the Nazi takeover of Germany, Schacht replies:
"Krupp was there: the old gentleman, Gustav. He arose from his seat and thanked Hitler, and was very enthusiastic about him at the time. And then there was Schnitzler--I think it was he--and Vogler for the United Steel Works."
The Nazi plans for Germany were not being kept hidden from the industrial and capitalist leaders. Schacht remembers Goering saying at this meeting:
"The sacrifices which are required would be so much easier for industry to bear, if it knew that the election of 5 March would surely be the last one for the next 10 years, probably even for the next 100 years."