The Leipzig Process

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Name: Anna-Maria Metodieva Session Number: 001441-001 Subject: Historical investigation Session: May 2013 Word Count: 1713 Supervisor: Boris Todorov To what extent did the Leipzig process hurt the interest of the Nazi propaganda? Plan of investigation. The question that this historical investigation tries to answer is to what extent the Leipzig process hurt the interests of Nazi propaganda. The aim is to focus on the role of Georgi Dimitrov (1882-1949) who was the main protagonist in the Leipzig process. The investigation will be based on the analysis of both primary and secondary sources, so as to be as comprehensible as possible. Additionally, a range of significant concepts and factors will be considered. These concepts and factors include the Reichstag fire and Georgi Dimitrov’s alleged association with it. Also the judiciary trial that followed the fire and its impact on Nazi propaganda will be evaluated. The reason and rationale for choosing this question is that the event had large-scale implications for the political and ideological struggle between Communism and Fascism during the 1930s; this struggle concerned the entire European continent, not just Germany. The sources to be used to evaluate this question are Milen Semkov’s monographs: Moabitt (1981), and Europe against Fascism (1990), Georgi Dimitrov’s Diaty (published 1997) and the Bulgarian motion picture Anvil or Hammer, which offers a comprehensive narrative of the events of 1933. Additional material will be brought in when necessary to support my argument. Summary of evidence : The Leipzig trial took place between September 21 and December 23, 1933. It was organized by the Nazi government in Germany as response to the Reichstag fire of the night of February 27. People involved in the trial were on one side the accused Bulgarians Georgi Dimitrov, Vasil Tanev and Blagoi Popov – all members of the
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