TORGLER Ernst (Torgler)( German politician, a Communist.)
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Torgler, Ernst (Torgler), German politician, Communist. Was among the accused in the burning of the Reichstag. Born April 15, 1893 in Berlin. His father was a laborer on gas plant, his mother - a member of the Social Democratic Party and a friend of August Bebel. Even in his early years Torgler joined the socialist movement. Volunteered to serve in the 1 st World War. In 1920 joined the Communist Party of Germany. In 1924-33 member of the Reichstag, the chairman of the Communist faction. Was an implacable opponent of National Socialism. Torgler was arrested on 28 February 1933 on charges of complicity in the burning of the Reichstag. Seven months was under investigation, five of which had shackled clock. The charge against Torglera consisted of three items: participation in the arson, aiding the Dutchman van der Lubbe, Bulgaria, Georgi Dimitrov and good Macedonians Vasily Popov and Tanev, activities of the banned Communist Party of Germany. In the process Torgler said: "I categorically declare that the struggle for socialism was the essence and meaning of my life. I fought for the working class with the idealism to which mankind is capable, and I assure that will not stop to sacrifice all that is best for me, for the sake of workers in Germany.
. Charges against Torglera were so inconclusive that the court was forced to justify his
. His role in this decision has played and the pressure of world public opinion. After the process Torgler was again arrested by the Nazi authorities. In 1935 he was expelled from the Communist Party, apparently, for having openly to the police against party orders. Later joined the Social Democratic Party, led underground work.