Monday, January 14, 2008

A history lesson

posted by The Vidiot @ 2:04 PM Permalink

Does this ring any bells for anybody? Anybody? Beuller? Beuller? Regarding the Richstag fire:

Within hours of the fire, Hitler's propaganda guru, Joseph Goebbels, along with Nazi bigwig Hermann Göring, had sent bulletins across Germany and around the world: the communists, according to their newsflash, were trying to start a revolution. The country had to act quickly to prevent it.

The next day, at the behest of Göring -- and on the strength of his tale of a coming revolution -- the cabinet handed police powers over to Adolf Hitler, a move rubber-stamped by aging German President Paul von Hindenburg. A wave of arrests targeting Communist Party parliamentarians and activists began. They were locked away in hastily erected prisons that would eventually grow into Nazi Germany's notorious network of concentration camps.

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