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5) Reichstag Fire:
February 27, 1933 the Reichstag, German Parliament, was burned
down. The Nazi’s blamed one a man, accusing him of executing a communist plot. (it
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Identifications for the Midterm appears as if he just did on his own). Regardless of the fire’s origin, the burning served
the Nazi’s well because they used it as a pretext to arrest communist Reichstag deputies.
This was significant because not only was it the beginning of Nazi power, but on the
following day they persuaded von Hindenburg to issue a decree for ‘protection of people
and the state’. This suspended the constitutional guarantees of personally liberty and
opened the flood gates for Nazi power.
6) Law for the Restoration of Professional Civil Service: April 7th, 1933. It was the
first anti-Jewish law to be passed in Hitler’s new government. It states that only Germans
can serve in civil service. It was not really a huge blow to Jews, because most Jews were
not involved in civil service. It defined a Jew as having only one Jewish d...
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