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Describe the effects of the Reichstag fire on Germany The Reichstag fire had a large impact on the formation of Germany's political future. The current government at the time of the fire was under scrutiny and had many challenging issues to deal with, so the fact that the centre of German politics had been burned down added to their troubles. The general public would not have had confidence in and offered support to a government that could let their headquarters burn to the ground at the hands of a single communist (who was claimed to be an arsonist), which was the explanation that a vast amount of people believed, although it is more probable that the fire was the work of the Nazi party. Perhaps the most significant impact the Reichstag fire had is that it changed the future of German politics to a large extent. The way in which Hitler handled the fire gained him a large amount of popularity and a certain amount of authority. ...read more.


He also was able to punish people without trial, however he deemed fit, which was extremely useful when it came to getting rid of political or social opposition. Hitler used these advantages to help him in his quest to becoming the sole dictator of Germany. Another significant effect the Reichstag fire had on Germany was that it confirmed the commonly shared view that political change was desperately needed. Nobody wanted a government that would allow such an attack to happen, and any support or confidence in the current ruling soon deteriorated. The fire gave Hitler and the Nazis an opportunity to not only gain more support, thus more power, but to decrease support for their opposition, in this case the communists. The communists had a vast amount of support before the fire, and were proving to be somewhat of an obstacle for Hitler's intention of gaining an overall majority in the Reichstag. ...read more.


pay wage, or decrease that of the officials of private concerns (socialist, Jews). There were a number of petty laws passed just to benefit the Nazis, and only passed to prove a sense of authority. Other less significant effects of the fire include the execution of Marinus Van der Lubbe for high treason, and the passing of a law which favoured hanging over life imprisonment for arson. Overall, the Reichstag fire had a huge effect on Germany and essentially gave Hitler his opportunity to seize power. The enabling act allowed Hitler to boost his reputation and the fact that he was able to have control other the authorities on the night of the power meant he could blame, and cause damage to his opposition, thus leading the Nazis to an overall majority in the Reichstag, which in turn led to a Nazi dictatorship in Germany. ?? ?? ?? ?? Name: Charlie Bambridge Centre Number: 27138 Candidate Number: 7412 ...read more.

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