On 23 December, 1933, the Dutch communist Marinus van der Lubbe was sentenced to death in Nazi Germany for burning down the Reichstag in Berlin.
On this day in 1933 in Nazi Germany, Dutch construction worker and council communist Marinus van der Lubbe was sentenced to death for burning down the Reichstag (German Parliament). After being beheaded by the fascists, his memory was then smeared by the Comintern, who falsely claimed he was a Nazi agent and provocateur.
Read a short biography of Marinus van der Lubbe on libcom.org:
Marinus acted for the best of motives. He thought his deed might be the spark for a general workers uprising against the Nazis. Alas, he was to be very wrong. The Social Democrats and their unions gave up without a fight, as did the Communists. Only in Vienna in June 1933 did the workers attempt to rise up, to be bloodily crushed (see the Death of the Austrian Left). But the Nazis would have carried out their wholesale repression, sooner or later, with or without the Reichstag fire. On the day that Marinus saw the Communist meeting being broken up, the Communist Party HQ had been raided, and the offices of their paper closed.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2015/12/23/on-this-day-in-1933-marinus-van-der-lubbe-sentenced-to-death/