night of the fire to this day, I have been convinced that the
Reichstag was set on fire neither by the communists nor Herman
Goering, but that the fire was the piece de resistance of
Dr. Goebbels's election campaign, and that it was started by an
handful of Storm Troopers all of whom were shot afterwards by SS
commandoes in the vicinity of Berlin. There was talk of ten men,
and of the Gestapo investigating the crime. This was reported to
me on the one hand by Ernst, the Chief of the Berlin Stormtroopers,
who was filled with poisonous hatred of Goebbels, and also by the
police chief Dr. Diels who gave me exact details about the crime
and the identification of the 10 victims.
Sommerfeldt was the Minister of the Interior's press officer at
the time of the
Fire. He wrote this account in 1956.