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75 years on, executed Reichstag arsonist finally wins pardon

"An unemployed Dutch bricklayer who was made a scapegoat for one of the defining moments of 20th-century German history has been pardoned for his crime 75 years later.

Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, was beheaded after being convicted of setting fire to the Reichstag, an event Hitler used as a pretext to suspend civil liberties and establish a dictatorship..."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,2239610,00.html