Wednesday, March 05, 2008


This Day in the History of Bad Things Happening at the Polls

On this day in 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the NSDAP, better known to us as the Nazis, won 43.9% of the vote, enabling it to join with the non-socialist Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag. It was the youth vote that made all the difference.

In May of that year, Hitler, who was already Chancellor before the March elections, issued a decree banning all political parties but the Nazis and that, as they say, was that for German elections, for 12 years.


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