Lead: One of the most important events along Adolf Hitler’s path to power was the Reichstag fire. The cause of the fire remains a mystery, but one that is not without some powerful clues.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Almost immediately the Nazi propaganda operation blamed communist agitators. Several communist parliamentary deputies were in the building at the time of the fire and were arrested but no evidence could be traced to their involvement. A Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, was found near the building, half naked and clearly confused. He confessed to the crime and probably had something to do with it, but from the beginning doubts have been raised about his involvement.