Wenig wissen wir über den ‚Brandstifter’ Marinus van der Lubbe, obwohl sein Namen eng verknüpft ist mit dem Reichstagsbrand vom 27. Februar 1933. Vor allem wissen wir wenig über seine Beweggründe, sein Denken und Fühlen. Obwohl sein Namen immer in Verbindung mit diesem Feuers stehen wird, bleibt uns
Marinus van der Lubbe, executed for the Reichstag fire.
Adolf Hitler addresses the German people on radio on 31st January, 1933
On the evening of February 27, 1933, the Reichstag was set on fire. The alleged arsonist was Marinus van der Lubbe (top row) (1909-1934), a young Dutch left-wing radical. Van der Lubbe was arrested on the spot and immediately claimed sole responsibility for the crime. But the Nazi leadership planned to make use of the case for its own ends.
Marinus van der Lubbe was accussed of setting fire to the Reichstag on February 27th, 1933. He was sentenced to death and beheaded on January 10th, 1934. Historians believe the arson was planned by the Nazis as a false flag operation. On January 8th, 2008 a German court ruled that the sentence against Van der Lubbe had to be withdrawn stating he was not guilty of the crime that gave Hitler the opportunity to implement the Reichstag Decrees with which democracy was put out of order.
Before the Reich Court in Leipzig: The Defendant Marinus van der Lubbe with his Interpreter (September 24, 1933). He was charged with setting fire to The Reichstag in Berlin.
Marinus (Rinus) van der Lubbe (13 January 1909 – 10 January 1934) was a Dutch council communist convicted of, and executed for, setting fire to the German Reichstag building on 27 February 1933, an event known as the Reichstag fire.
24-year-old Dutch and anarchist Marinus van der Lubbe was arrested near the burning Reichstag in the night of the 27th of February in 1933, having a torch and a Communist Party member book with him. A persecution of Communist and opponents on the domestic front started. Van der Lubbe was sentenced to death because of high treason and was beheaded on the 10th of January in 1934.