Online Module: The Holocaust and Fundamental Rights

Chapter 6: The Enabling Act (Ermächtigungsgesetz)

On 24 March 1933 the Parliament passed the Enabling Act under pressure from Hitler’s Storm Troopers.arliamentary system: from now on the government could make laws without agreement of the parliament. Most factions, including the catholic Centre Party, committed suicide in fear of death and agreed to be toppled from all power; only the Social Democrats voted against the law, although they were threatened by Storm Troopers standing in front of the building, whereas the Comm This law though formally issued for a period of four years was in fact the definitive abolition of the punist MPs had already been arrested.

Berlin, 24 March 1933

Chapter 7

 

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