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February 28, 1933 in History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in History

  • 1st female in US Cabinet: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor

Famous PhotoReichstag Fire

After the Reichstag Fire Decree, the German Communist Party (KPD) is essentially outlawed (though not formally banned) after the German government blames the Communists for burning down the Reichstag building

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The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
The Reichstag building in Berlin, housing the German Parliament, on fire during the night of February 27, 1933.
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

On Adolf Hitler's advice, German President Paul von Hindenburg signs the Reichstag Fire Decree after the building is destroyed by fire in Berlin; this eliminates many civil liberties in Germany

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp

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