am a Leftist, and was a member of the Communist Party until 1929.
I had heard that a Communist demonstration was disbanded by the
leaders on the approach of the police. In my opinion something
absolutely had to be done in protest against this system. Since
the workers would do nothing, I had to do something myself. I
considered arson a suitable method. I did not wish to harm private
people but something belonging to the system itself. I decided on
the Reichstag. As to the question of whether I acted alone, I
declare emphatically that this was the case.
van der Lubbe, statement to police, 3rd March, 1933