希特勒当选总理后不久就举行了进一步的选举，但这是一次宣传活动。主要目标如下。戈林99格贝尔斯制定了计划，放火烧了德国国会大厦，并为行动归咎于共产党政府内，引起恐慌。他们的计划是在一个精神错乱的共产党员马里努斯van der吕伯望那天夜里的存在帮助。看来，Lubbe和纳粹冲锋队付之一炬，Lubbe在现场被逮捕。危机被用来点燃对共产主义活动的恐慌，并在2月28日内阁，希特勒的紧急法令的要求遇到了内阁的阻力不大。为保护群众的“法令和国家”是由Hindenberg爽快地签了合同，并有效地进行竞选反对纳粹非法。 在上次的自由选举中，纳粹获得了44的选票。他们未能达到法定成立的独裁所要求的三分之二的多数，但这再次是一个宣传活动，因为真正的事件很快就会接踵而至。3月23日，Reichsgstag遇到了一个授权法案投票，而这一做法建立希特勒的法律专政。441票赞成，84票反对的行为只是故事的一部分。另一部分是纳粹突击队在德国国会大厦周围大量存在。人们普遍认为，他们的存在是为了恐吓任何反对，有些人被阻止进入大楼投票。重要的是，公众，德意志民主共和国已被依法推翻。
Further elections were called soon after Hitler became Chancellor, but this was a publicity exercise. The primary objectives were to follow. Goering and Goebels had formulated a plan to set fire to the Reichstag building, and blame communists for the action, causing panic within government. Their plan was helped by the presence on the night in question of a deranged communist Marinus Van Der Lubbe. It seems likely that both Lubbe and Nazi storm troopers torched the building, and Lubbe was arrested at the scene. The crises were used to ignite panic regarding communist activity, and at cabinet on 28th February, Hitler’s demand for an emergency decree met little resistance from the cabinet. The “decree for the Protection of the People and the State” was readily signed by Hindenberg, and effectively made the act of campaigning against the Nazis illegal.
In the last free elections, the Nazis got 44 per cent of the vote. They failed to achieve the two thirds majority required for a legally established dictatorship, but once again, this was very much a propaganda exercise, as the real events were to follow soon after. On March 23rd, the Reichsgstag met to vote on an enabling act, an act which would establish the legal dictatorship of Hitler. A vote of 441 for, 84 against the act is only part of the story. The other part is the massive presence of Nazi storm troopers around the Reichstag building on the day. It is generally accepted that their presence was designed to intimidate any opposition, some who were prevented from entering the building to vote. Importantly, to the public, the German Democratic Republic had been brought down legally.