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1933: How Hitler Crushed Democracy in Germany

1933: How Hitler Crushed Democracy in Germany
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  • Historical event:
  • 23 March 1933
  • On this day Hitler's government received authorization to issue decrees without the need for their ratification in parliament, which in practice meant the abolition of democracy.

On this day Adolf Hitler was able to enact one of the most important documents for the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in the German Parliament (Reichstag).

Namely, on this day, the infamous “Enabling Act” (German: Ermächtigungsgesetz) was passed. This gave Hitler’s government the power to enact laws without them being ratified in parliament.

At first glance, it was clear that such power of attorney leads to a kind of dictatorship.

Namely, by this Act the Parliament was practically eliminated from the legislative procedure, which de facto means the abolition of democracy.

The full official name of that infamous law in German was “Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich “(Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich).

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