|In 1933 someone set fire
to the Reichstag, the historic German Parliament Building. Hitler seized on
the occasion to incite in the German population a fear of terrorists
and foreign agents, and trumped up his case for the preemptive invasion
of Eastern Europe.
To prevent further acts of terrorism, Hitler curtailed civil
and created the first
concentration camp at Dachau. Predating the
extermination camps by a half dozen years, Dachau began as an internment
camp for political foes and other "enemies of the state."
Many Germans felt that the Reichstag fire was a Nazi deception, set
deliberately to further Nazi goals.