This is a well-documented report of the facts as known and the still officially unresolved question of who lit the fire.
It does seem clear that the mThis is a well-documented report of the facts as known and the still officially unresolved question of who lit the fire.
It does seem clear that the man who was found guilty and guillotined was guilty of something, but also that he could not have been the sole perpetrator. Either it was the Nazis who set the fire to justify accelerated violence against the Communists and other political enemies or it was the Communists who set it as the first step in a planned revolution. Since there never was a planned revolution, and since the Nazis did in fact begin arresting people the night of the fire using a list they had prepared before the fire, it seems clear to me the Nazis were culpable.
For my purposes in my novel-in-progress, there are numerous fascinating details that might be incorporated into my story ...
... the Berlin correspondent for the British Daily Express … one of the first reporters on the scene … tipped off by a source
... Goering & Hitler arrive at the fire while it is still burning … Goering: "This is the beginning of the Communist revolt; they will start their attack now! Not a moment must be lost!" … Hitler: "There will be no mercy now. Anyone who stands in our way will be cut down. Every Communist official will be shot where he is found. The Communist deputies must be hanged this very night. Everybody in league with the Communists must be arrested. There will no longer be any leniency for Social Democrats either."
... on the morning after the fire … Hitler secured Hindenburg's approval for what became known as the Reichstag Fire Decree … put an end to constitutional rights and the rule of law ... the "Reichstag Fire Decree" … FIRST PARAGRAPH: suspended civil liberties contained in the Weimar Constitution ... legalized imprisonment without trial for anyone the regime deemed a political threat ... effectively abolished freedom of speech, of assembly and association, confidentiality of the post and telegraphic communication, and security form warrantless searches ... SECOND PARAGRAPH: gave the Reich government the power to remove any state government from office
... the fire took place on the night of Feb 27 ... on Feb 18 … orders had gone out (from Goering) to all Prussian police … compile lists of leaders of the Communist Party and all related communist organizations … also union leaders … include home addresses and likely hiding places … submit no later than Feb 26
This was an outstanding read right up until the last paragraph, or rather the paragraph that I thought should have followed the last paragraph but didThis was an outstanding read right up until the last paragraph, or rather the paragraph that I thought should have followed the last paragraph but didn't. I was left surprised, not in a good way, by the ending that wasn't there. I would love to be able to ask Ms. Perry why she finished the story the way she did.
That aside, Perry as always paints a brilliant picture of London gloom, the atmosphere so thick you can feel it. The characters, not just Monk and Hester, but all of them, are multi-dimensional, not perfect, and truly appealing or distasteful, as the case may be. The moral issues they confront are presented honestly in a manner that shows human frailty and hypocrisy arising even in the best of people, and even more among those who are not virtuous at all. Not even the good guys are ever completely satisfied with themselves, but they struggle on....more
Delightful, humorous, sometimes exciting, lots of the fascinating legal detail that is Grisham's trademark ... lawyers working hard, falling short andDelightful, humorous, sometimes exciting, lots of the fascinating legal detail that is Grisham's trademark ... lawyers working hard, falling short and succeeding ... much greed and some (surprising) altruism ... Definitely an enjoyable read....more