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This is a short, but detailed (lots of names) play-by-play of the fire itself, the activities leading up to it, the post-fire arrests, the Nazis’ crackdown, the preliminary hearing, the Communists’ (they were blamed by the new Nazi government) countermoves, the London trial (which, of course, did not render an enforceable judgement), and the final trial in Leipzig and its results. To me, the main point or effect of the Reichstag fire is reached on page 84, halfway through the book: “The most imp ...more