The Road to War - 1933

On January 30, after several attempts to reach power through illegal actions Hitler, supported by a racially biased ideology and a strong nationalist speech, gains the nomination for Chancellor. In the coming months, democracy is abolished and control of power by the National Socialist party becomes a reality. At the same time, strong and centralized economic measures are taken to insure that the profound crisis is tamed.

In February, the fire consumes The Reichstag (German Parliament Building). Taking advantage ot that, Hitler passes the Reichstag Fire Decree, severely damaging german civil liberties.

On the 4th of March, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. In his inauguration and referring to The Great Depression, he states: "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself". In the coming months a huge package of laws, including the famous "New Deal", are approved in order to, once and for all, defeat the Great Depression.

On that same month, the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, is inaugurated and Hitler became a Dictator of Germany through a legislative maneuver (The Enabling Act). In parallel the first anti-Jewish measures are taken and large fires consume thousands of banned books. In June, all non Nazi parties are made illegal. Trade Unions follow the same path.
Until the end of the year several other events occur:
- Germany announces the intention of leave the League of Nations
- United States and USSR begin formal diplomatic relations
- Finally the Prohibition end in the USA.


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