The Reichstag Fire

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On February 27, 1933, the German parliament (Reichstag) building burned down due to arson. The Nazi leadership and its German Nationalist coalition partners exploited the fire to persuade President Paul von Hindenburg that Communists were planning a violent uprising to derail Germany’s “national renewal.”

They claimed that emergency legislation was needed to prevent this.

Commonly known as the Reichstag Fire Decree, the resulting act “For the Protection of the People and State” abolished a number of constitutional protections and paved the way for Nazi dictatorship.

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/reichstagfire.htm

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-reichstag-fire

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