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The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 


Holocaust Timeline
February-March, 1933

To learn more about the Holocaust and to access our resources, please visit the resources tab on this website. Also, you can view one of our five documentary shorts to hear and see firsthand, eyewitness testimony of a survivor.  You can also learn about our upcoming speaking engagements and view photos from our past events.

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The Reichstag building, seat of the German government, burned after being set on fire by Nazis on February 27, 1933. This enabled Adolf Hitler to seize power under the pretext of protecting the nation from threats to its security. On February 28, 1933, President Hindenburg signed the Emergency Decree for the Protection of the German People. This decree suspended the democratic aspects of the Weimar Republic and declared a state of emergency. It gave the Nazis a legal basis for the persecution and oppression of any opponents who were framed as traitors to the republic. People could be imprisoned for any or no reason. The decree also removed basic personal freedoms, such as the freedom of speech, the right to own property and the right to trial before imprisonment. So began the Nazi dictatorship.

In less than one month, on March 22, 1933 the Nazis opened the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, to be followed by Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Ravensbruck.

The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina

(the Holocaust Speakers Bureau)

inspires students and members of our community to respect the dignity of all human beings by

teaching the challenging topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance. We work with schools, museums, libraries and houses of worship to develop age-appropriate materials, presentations and programs.