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On the cold blustery evening of February 271933 a week before the end of a bitter campaign especially between the nazis and the communists the Reichstag building was burnt to the ground A half witted Dutchmen Van Der Lubbe was arrested and shot for the crime of arson though it is unlikely that he had the intelligence or the equipment to start such an effective fire in a public building The burning took place a week before polling day People thought to themselves that it was a communist crime against the new government but no one can be sureThere are explanations of this fire 2 of which are It was caused by Van Der Lubbe and communists and It was caused by Van Der Lubbe and a group of nazis under the order of Georing A timetable of the events on the night of the fire goes as follows 903 - A man is seen entering into the Reichstag through a broken window 908 - A policeman sees a shadowy figure inside and flames 915 - A shot is fired at the intruder 922 - Police enter the building 927 - Police arrest Marinus Van Der Lubbe inside the building 935 - Police search a tunnel connecting with the Reichstag with other buildings including Herman Georings offices on Georings orders All doors are found to be locked and securedVan Der Lubbe is interviewed by police He admits to starting the fire and is charged Shortly after the arrest Van der lubbe gave a statement he considered arson a suitable method and he insisted that his actions were inspired by political motives A summary or evidence of lighting the fire was given at his trial this discusses to a greater detail the actions of van der lubbe and what went on Van der lubbe arrived at the reichstag at about 9pm the figure was carrying what appeared to be a flaming torch On the
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