Burning the Reichstag

Burning the Reichstag

Hett Benjamin Carter

Burning the Reichstag: an investigation into the Third Reich’s enduring mystery.

Oxford University Press, 2014


The Reichstag's burning on February 27th, 1933,  may be considered as the true beginning of the Third Reich. Hitler blamed the Communists and took the opportunity and on February the 28th the “Reichstag Fire Decree” was approved. It tore the heart out of the democratic constitution of the Weimar Republic and cancelled the rule of law.


In Burning the Reichstag, Benjamin Hett joins the controversy surrounding the fire's origins and offers a gripping account of Hitler's rise to dictatorship, one that challenges more common interpretations and aims to recover the true significance of the part the fire played.


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About the book from the publisher's site

Book review 1

Book review 2

Hett's article on the subject


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