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Reichstag Fire Debate

Benjamin Hett

Professor of History

Hunter College
and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Hunter College Department of History
695 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10065




BBC News

BBC News Magazine, August 19, 2011

Radio Interview

Law and Disorder, November 10, 2008

Crossing Hitler Interview

Rorotoko, February 10, 2009

Crossing Hitler Excerpt

PDF preview

10 Questions

Click Here to view a pdf document of a recent magazine interview conducted at Hunter College

Hardy Pictures, Ltd.

On August 21 and August 27, 2011, respectively, the BBC broadcast two films by Hardy Pictures, Ltd.: a dramatic film and a documentary about Hans Litten and his battle against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The drama is called "The Man Who Crossed Hitler," starring Ed Stoppard ("Upstairs Downstairs") and Ian Hart ("Backbeat"). The documentary is called "To Stop A Tyrant." I was the historical consultant for both projects and am interviewed in the documentary. Under a different title — "Hitler on Trial" — the documentary has been shown recently (2013) on many PBS stations. You may still be able to catch a re-run. Click here for more information.

Reichstag fire interview on “Newstalk” with Sean Moncrieff, interview starts about seven minutes in:

BBC History interview on the Reichstag fire:’-first-crime

BBC History interview on the diary of Werner Otto Müller-Hill:

“Der Brand,” article by Uwe Soukup in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, May 11, 2014

Click here for article.

My Article and Interview in Die Welt am Sonntag:

Excellent pair of articles by Otto Köhler in Junge Welt, June 20 and July 10 2015:

Also excellent piece on recent developments in the debate Germany by Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti in Verdi, the newspaper of the major German service workers’ union:

By Benjamin Hett

Burning The Reichstag


Crossing Hitler

Death in the Tiergarten



















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