“This Story Is about Something Fundamental”: Nazi Criminals, History, Memory, and the Reichstag Fire

  title={“This Story Is about Something Fundamental”: Nazi Criminals, History, Memory, and the Reichstag Fire},
  author={Benjamin Carter Hett},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={199 - 224}
Abstract For more than eighty years there has been controversy about who set the fire that destroyed the plenary chamber of the Reichstag fire on the evening of February 27, 1933—thereby handing the Nazis a pretext to gut the democratic Weimar constitution through the emergency “Reichstag Fire Decree.” Since the 1960s there has been a consensus among historians that the fire was set by Marinus van der Lubbe, a twenty-four-year-old Dutch journeyman stonemason supposedly acting alone—with no Nazi… Expand
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