The link below on the left is to the video watched in class. The first 1:40 of the other video clip gives excellent detail as well.
The month after Hitler was elected German Chancellor, a mysterious fire started in the German parliament building, called the Reichstag.. This was one month before the March 1933 elections. Hitler claimed that this was the work of dangerous and violent communists who were trying to overthrow German democracy and take over the country. Hitler convinced President Hindenburg of the threat posed by the communists, and persuaded him to use Article 48 to place Hitler in sole power, and to suspend the Fundamental Laws guaranteed to the German people by the Constitution.
The Reichstag Fire Law was passed which gave Hitler the right to ban the Communist Party, just days before the March elections. Within days, the Nazis had rounded up Communist Party leaders and imprisoned them. Communist newspapers were banned and meetings declared illegal. The Nazis' biggest political rivals were hampered in their campaign to win votes, and it was no surprise in the elections when the Nazis' vote rose from 230 seats to 288 seats.