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On the 27 of febuary 1927 the German parlement Reichstag burned down this essay is to help people decide for themselves who did it as historians cannot decide who did it for us One account says that Goering and Goebbels with the approval of Hitler looking to smash the Communist Party set fire to the building A small group of SA men led by Karl Ernst Leader of the Berlin SA entered through a passage linking to Goerings palace They scattered chemicals in order to burn down the building After they left a young Dutchman Van der Lubbe who had previously been seized for arson by the SA and had been hand picked for the plan entered the building and began to start fires at strategic points around the building He was to be used as a scapegoat The fire soon engulfed the building The background to this is as follows - Hitler had secured the chancellorship after the elections of November 1932 but his Nazi Party had not won an overall majority He therefore obtained Cabinet consent to fix new elections for March 5 1933 Meanwhile his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels is supposed to have devised the scheme whereby 10 agents led by Karl Ernst were to gain access to the Reichstag through a tunnel leading from the official residence of Hermann Goring Reichstag president and Hitlers chief minister who was then to conduct an official investigation which would fix responsibility for the fire on the Communists The supposed arsonist was a Dutchman Marinus van der Lubbe whom some have claimed was brought to the scene of the crime by Nazi agents Others have contended that there was no proof of Nazi complicity in the crime but that Hitler merely capitalized on van der Lubbes independent act The fire is the subject of continued debate and research The link between Karl Ernst of the SA and Lubbe has never
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