The Reichstag fire, a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany, began at 9:14 PM on the night of February 27, 1933, when a Berlin fire station received an alarm that the Reichstag building, assembly location of the German Parliament, was ablaze. The fire seemed to have been started in several places, and by the time the police and firemen arrived a huge explosion had set the main Chamber of Deputies in flames. Looking for clues, the police quickly found Marinus van der Lubbe, shirtless, inside the building. Van der Lubbe was a Dutch insurrectionary council communist and unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany.
Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring arrived soon after, and, when they were shown van der Lubbe, Göring immediately declared the fire was set by the Communists and had the party leaders arrested. Hitler declared a state of emergency and encouraged aging president Paul von Hindenburg to sign the Reichstag Fire Decree, suspending the basic rights provisions of the Weimar constitution.
The Nazi leaders were determined to demonstrate the Reichstag Fire was a deed of the Comintern.
In December 2005 SilentCell Network burns the Reichstag again!
Subject: Re: Akt!
Action: Ich Lubbe Berlin!
Location: Reichstag, Berlin, Germany
Date: December 23th 2005
Author: SilentCell Network (M. Bulc, J. Janša, B. Kunst, I. Stromajer)
Production: Intima, Aksioma, No-History
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia