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In years of meticulous research, the two authors of the book, historian Alexander Bahar and physicist and psychologist Wilfried Kugel, carried out the first comprehensive evaluation of the 50,000 pages of original court, state attorney office and secret police (Gestapo) files that had been locked away in Moscow and East Berlin until 1990. The result is a remarkable and explosive, more than 800-page document… They “base their evidence largely on original documents that are stored in public archives, but have not been evaluated up to now... The book contradicts in many ways all of the research reports that have been published so far on the Reichstag fire, based on what the authors say is the first thorough evaluation of all presently available relevant sources...

(World Socialist Website < > Book Review ‘The Reichstag Fire, 68 years on’ by Wilhelm Klein 5 July 2001. A guest review of the book: Der Reichstagbrand - Wie Geschichte gemacht wird  by Alexander Bahar, Wilfried Kugel Berlin 2001 <

An edited version of this critically important article is available here.



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