In 27 February 1933, a mysterious fire broke out in the Reichstag building (the equivalent of the German Parliament back then). That was 4 weeks after Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. At that time, Hitler had not yet seized absolute power.
The political consequences of that fateful fire were swift.
The Nazi Party accused a Dutch Communist of setting the fire and claimed that the Communists were plotting to take over the German government. Subsequently, that served as a pretext for the Nazi Party to seize absolute power.
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