Election of May 20th 1928: the KPD won 10.6% of the vote and 54 seats in the Reichstag.
Election of September 14th 1930: the KPD won 13.1% of the vote and 77 seats in the Reichstag.
Election of July 31st 1932: the KPD won 14.6% of the vote and 89 seats in the Reichstag.
Election of November 11th 1932: the KPD won 16.9% of the vote and 100 seats in the Reichstag.
Election of March 5th 1933: the KPD won 12.3% of the vote and 81 seats in the Reichstag.
Prior to the March 1933 election, the KPD had made steady gains in the national elections. However, the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor in January 1933 and the Reichstag Fire of February 1933 and the consequences surrounding the fire, spelt the end of any political influence that the KPD might have had. The Reichstag Fire was blamed on the KPD and in the immediate aftermath of the fire, KPD leaders were rounded up and were among the first people to be put into the newly created Dachau concentration camp, which was just outside of Munich. After the Enabling Act was passed in March 1933, it was very dangerous for anyone to openly espouse their support for the KPD and the influence of the party swiftly dwindled. Some KPD members fled to the USSR while others spent years in hiding.