chapter  2
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TWO The Socialists Go Underground

To say that the Opposition went promptly underground is really a slight distortion of facts, much the same as saying that the Nazis promptly assumed power on that momentous January 30th.

Neither of these events was as prompt as the words imply; both took a little time-five and a half months, to be exact. For it was on July 14th that all parties other than the National-Socialists were declared illegal in the Third Reich. We shall shortly survey the various stages and landmarks that established and solidified the Nazi regime and successively ousted the Opposition.