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  • The Reichstag Fire was a arson attack occurring on February 27, 1933, which burned the building (German parliament) in Berlin. Hitler used this to his advantage, he expelled the communists from Parliament and imprisoned many communist leaders. He also announced that the country was in danger from the communists during the election campaign.
  • The Enabling Act gathered a lot of people and allowed the Reich government to allow laws without the consent of Germany's parliament. The law was passed on March 23, 1933, and published the following day.
  • people gathered when this took place and the Federal elections were held in Germany on 5 March 1933, just six days after the Reichstag fire. They needed the votes of their coalition partner, the German National People's Party, for a bare working majority in the Reichstag.
  • President Hindenburg died at the age of 87 on the 2 August 1934. Hitler announced he would occupy the new role. With Hindenburg gone there was no limit to Hitler's powers, as he was now the dictator.
  • Night of the Long Knives, purge of Nazi leaders by Adolf Hitler on June 30, 1934. Fearing that the paramilitary SA had become too powerful, Hitler ordered his elite guards to murder the organization's leaders, including Ernst Röhm.
  • Hitler attained power in March 1933, after the Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act of 1933 in that month, giving expanded authority.
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