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James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Burning of The Reichstag by Charles River Editors

The Burning of The ReichstagThis book is about the historic event of the burning of the Reichstag building in which the Nazis could blame the communist for all of the craziness that was going on at the time. The Reichstag building was the building in Berlin where the elected members of the Republic met to conduct the daily business of the government.

Göring and Goebbels, with Hitler’s approval, then hatched a plan to cause panic by burning the Reichstag building and blaming the Communists.

By a weird coincidence, there was also in Berlin a deranged Communist conducting a one-man uprising. An arsonist named Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, from Holland, had been wandering around Berlin for a week attempting to burn government buildings to protest capitalism and start a revolt. On February 27, he decided to burn the Reichstag building.

This all came to a fateful intersection of history, where Hitler was able to convince Hindenburg into dissolving the Reichstag and calling for new elections.

This was the beginning of the rise of the Nazi regime, which ultimately led to World War II and the mass atrocities that we are all fully aware of.

We don’t hear much about this portion of history pertaining to World War II and the rise of the Nazis, but it played a very important part as a Nazis were able to win a “legitimate” election, even though it was manipulated and configured by Hitler winning over Hindenburg, essentially on Hindenburg’s deathbed.

A great look back at history, a very ugly part of world history, but nonetheless, showing us that if we don’t learn our lessons from history, we are bound to repeat them.



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