View Full Version : "Perpetrator" of the Reichstag Fire Acquitted

01-11-2008, 06:42 PM
I'm sure he'll be thrilled by the news: Marinus van der Lubbe, the feeble minded Communist convicted by the Nazis for setting fire to the Reichstag has been acquitted, some 70 years or so after the fact. He was blamed for setting fire to the Reichstag. The Nazis took advantage of this event to pass emergency legislation and then became unchallenged in their hold over Germany. It was a controversial event; did the Nazis do it themseleves and then blame the mildly ******ed young man?

I read this news in another forum but didn't see a link to the story. Anybody else read of this?

Edit: I just did a [slow] quick search for a news link. My internet connection seems rather slow this evening. Anyhow, I did find one mention of this story, below:

van der Lubbe Acquitted (http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/01/11/man_executed_for_reichstag_fire_cleared/1293/)

01-12-2008, 06:20 AM
History repeats itself, so it seems.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

01-12-2008, 08:07 AM
Yep. Heard about that.

It has no real significance except for the history books. I wonder on which reasons they did this ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

I havent heard of any evidence which would proof that his confession did not fit the truth.

He was guillotined in a Leipzig prison a month after he was declared guilty.

Van der Lubbe


Two policeman in the Reichstag ,a day after the fire


01-12-2008, 01:50 PM
There's another news story about van der Lubbe on the UK's Guardian newspaper website:

75 years on, executed Reichstag arsonist finally wins pardon (http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,2239610,00.html)

According to the above article, it seems his conviction has a controversial history:

In 1967 a Berlin court bizarrely changed the sentence to an eight-year prison term. In 1980 the same court lifted the sentence completely, a decision later reversed by the federal court. Then in 1981 a West German court overturned the conviction on the basis that Van der Lubbe was insane, but campaigners pushed for full state pardon arguing that he had been convicted by a Nazi court.

On a similar theme, a petition has been launched in the UK to pardon Helen Duncan - the last ever person to be convicted under the UK's Witchcraft Act, in 1941, after she publicly revealed the sinking of HMS Barham, at a time when Churchill's government had ruled that the loss was to be kept secret:

Petition to pardon last 'witch' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/7180642.stm)

01-12-2008, 02:34 PM
On a side note... Did you know that Galileo Galilei died in prison after serving 9 years, when the inquisition put him there. He died in 1642.

He was acquitted by the Vatican in 1992. History does repeat itself

01-12-2008, 08:26 PM
The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
As always, no-one more insane than those who accuse others of the very same.
Truth will always be hard done by, and stretched to it's limits - especially by the people in charge.

01-12-2008, 11:49 PM
Political correctness runs amuck. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif