the reichstag fire and election

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  • the reichstag fire and reichstag election
    • 27 Feb - 5 Mar 1933
    • the Reichstag building was set on fire
    • A Dutch communist, van der Lubbe, was caught red-handed in the burning building
    • in the election 44 per cent of the population voted for the Nazis, who won 288 seats in the Reichstag
    • Hitler had to join with the nationalists to form a majority
    • Hitler used the fire to persuade Hindenburg to pass an emergency law restricting personal liberty
    • enabled Hitler to imprison many communist leaders, which stopped them campaigning during the election
    • gave them enough seats after Hitler arrested all communist deputies and other parties had been intimidated by the SA  to pass the Enabling Act.

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