The Reichstag Fire

On February 27th 1933, Germany’s parliament(The Reichstag) building burned down. Although the events that caused the fire are still under debate, the outcome is not. The leaders of Germany’s new National Socialist Party was able to use this indecent to turn public opinion against their opponents and consolidate control over the government. Their leader, a disenchanted Austrian artist who had become Chancellor the year before, went on to suspend the German constitution the following day and ramp up efforts to purge anyone they deemed undesirable.