On February 27, the Reichstag building in Berlin was set on fire. The Nazis, who blamed the incident on the Communists, used it as a pretext
for suspending political freedom in Germany and this can be viewed as a major milestone in the country's transition from a parliamentary
democracy to a dictatorship subordinate to one party and its leader. From this point on, the Nazi Regime initiated a series of political
measures, laws, and decrees promulgated in an atmosphere of terror. The Nazis abolished all other political parties and eliminated freedom of
speech and association in Germany.
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