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Large text only campaign poster justifying the expansion of Hitler’s powers as Chancellor after the Reichstag fire

Object | Accession Number: 2004.659.3

Nazi propaganda broadside issued for the March 5, 1933, Reichstag election in Germany. After Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30, 1933, he called for a new election. On February 27, six days before the election, the Reichstag, the German Parliament, was set on fire. The Nazis blamed the Communists for the fire and the regime was given the authority to jail political opponents without charges and to suspend civil liberties, which included banning newspapers and meetings of opponents or any groups. In this first election under Nazi Party rule, the Nazis received the largest vote percentage, 44%, but still not a majority. On March 23, Hitler was able to have the Reichstag pass the Enabling Act, which gave him dictatorial powers.

Artwork Title
Der Reichstag in Flammen!
Alternate Title
The Reichstag in Flames!
publication/distribution:  1933 February
publication: Berlin (Germany)
distribution: Munich (Germany)
Nazi propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, The Abraham and Ruth Goldfarb Family Acquisition Fund
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:17:46
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