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Reichstag fire

This footage shows the Reichstag (German parliament) building on the day after it was set on fire. Blaming Communists for the incident, Hitler suspended constitutional guarantees and expelled Communist and Socialist deputies from the parliament. Shortly after the decree was issued, the Nazis established concentration camps  for the internment of political opponents.

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There you see the Reichstag, the German house of parliament in Berlin, which has been seriously destroyed by fire. The main hall in which the deputies conducted their debates, has suffered most from the conflagration, and after the general election which is about to take place, parliament will have to find a temporary home elsewhere. Flames are no respecters of persons, and President Hindenburg's own chair was also destroyed. Hitler, now chancellor, has announced that the fire was the work of Communists, and was intended to be the signal for a Bolshevist uprising throughout the country. In consequence, Germany has been placed under a system of martial law, a decree having been signed which aims at the total destruction of communism.


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