The evening of February 27th, 1933 was the time of Der Reichstagbrand or the arson of the Reichstag building in Berlin. Despite heroic efforts by the Berlin Fire Department, the Reichstag was gutted. The firefighters discovered several bundles of accelerants that had not gone off laying around the building.
The immediate investigation turned up unemployed Dutch bricklayer and alleged council communist member Marinus van de Lubbe. Evidence from the fire was used by the Nazi officials that Communists had begun a Putsch or coup d’état against the German government. Van der Lubbe and four Communist leaders were soon arrested.
Paul von Hindenburg, at the urging of Chancellor Adolf Hitler, issued the emergency decree countering the “ruthless confrontation of the Communist Party of Germany.” The nation’s civil liberties were suspended. Soon mass arrests of Communists took place, including Communist members of parliament.
With the Communist Party members out of the way, their seats were empty. Thus the Nazi Party went from plurality rule to majority rule. There were follow up elections to confirm the majority. Quickly Adolf Hitler consolidated his powers.
Meantime, the Nazis wished to pin the blame of the blaze onto the Comintern who allegedly conspired to use the fire as a signal to begin a Putsch. Three Bulgarians, Georgi Dimitrov, Blagoi Popov and Vasil Tanev were tried during the “Leipzig Trial”. Police alleged that the three defendants were senior Comintern operatives. The Prussian investigators, much later, eventually determined that Dimitrov was head of all operations for Western Europe.
There is still much controversy regarding van der Lubbe’s solo activity or whether the crime was planned and ordered by the Nazi Party. Many historians believe the Nazis actually carried out the arson as a false flag operation. Other historians disagree. They feel that the Communist Party had indeed plotted and carried out the arson. The reaction to the terrorist action backfired and allowed Hitler’s party to take advantage to finalize their own power grab.
Was the Reichstagbrand a conspiracy to stage an actual incident to advance the Nazi agenda by making another group appear to be the agressing party? If so, Der Reichstagbrand was purely a false flag operation.
Der Reichstagbrand isn’t the only famous false flag operation known in history.
In 1605 it is strongly suggested that Guy Fawkes was the patsy in the intrigue surrounding the Gnnpowder Plot used as an excuse to wage war on Spain. If the conspiracy is true, some historians feel that the British Empire, itself, was founded on a false flag incident. Again, the allegations are still unverified.
There is high controversy about the USS Maine incident in Cuba. There being questions whether the ship was sunk in Havana harbor by a steam boiler accident or explosion of a bomb set off by Americans as a ruse. The same has been said about the Gulf of Tonkin ploy.
The most famous, recent false flag allegations regard the terrorist destruction that took place on 9/11 in the USA.
So, what do you think? Was der Reichstagbrand a false flag operation? What about other alleged false flag incidents?
The Blue Jay of Happiness is intrigued by the subject of coup d’états and other revolutions.