Reichstag Fire storyboard

Reichstag Fire storyboard

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  • The Reichstag Fire
  • Oh no! How did this happen?!
  • I will bring Germany back to the top.
  • The 1933 Election
  • The Enabling Act
  • "It is not the truth that matters, but victory."
  • A week before elections were supposed to take place, on February 27th, 1933 the Reichstag building was burnt to the ground. Although no solid proof was found for who did it, Hitler claimed it was done by Van Der Lubbe- a communist party member. Hitler then got approved by Hindenburg to let him pass the decree that gave the Nazis the power to put all dangerous opponents in prison (law for protection of the people and state). The Nazi's main party of opposition was now made weaker.
  • On March 5th, 1933 the last election under Hitler's rule took place. Hitler was looking for a clean sweep with the votes, as a two-thirds majority vote was needed for victory. However, he ended up with less than 50% of the votes. But this still amounted to a much larger percentage in comparison to the others. Hitler was infuriated with the result as the Nazi's were looking for support from everyone. Shortly after, the Enabling Act was created which seems to be no coincidence. 
  • The Enabling Act occurred when Hitler was approved by the German Parliament to suspend all the articles referring to the constitution. This allowed for a great amount of personal freedom for Hitler as chancellor and meant he no longer had to go through the Reichstag for approval of ideas and plans. It is also known as the "Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and Reich'.
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