How Hitler Became a Dictator

Why would Hitler and his associates turn a blind eye to an impending terrorist attack on their national congressional building or actually assist with such a horrific deed? Because they knew what government officials have known throughout history â.. that during extreme national emergencies, people are most scared and thus much more willing to surrender their liberties in return for â..security.â. And thatâ..s exactly what happened during the Reichstag terrorist crisis.
Suspending civil liberties
The day after the fire, Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to issue a decree entitled, â..For the Protection of the People and the State.â. Justified as a â..defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state,â. the decree suspended the constitutional guarantees pertaining to civil liberties.
How Hitler Became a Dictator by Jacob G. Hornberger