Definition of Reichstag trial in English:

Reichstag trial

noun

  • The trial of Marinus van der Lubbe and others accused of starting the Reichstag fire, often viewed as corrupt and staged for political ends; (in extended use) a staged trial.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in The Times. After German Reichstagsbrandprozess, lit. ‘Reichstag fire trial’.