Law for the Imposition and Implementation of the Death Penalty
(Lex van der Lubbe)
March 29, 1933
Translated from Reichsgesetzblatt I, 1933, Nr. 28, p. 151.
The Reich Government has decided the following law that is hereby proclaimed:
Section 5 of the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and the State of February 28, 1933 (RGBL I, page 83) applies also to acts committed between January 31 and February 28, 1933.
If someone should be sentenced to death due to conviction of a crime against public security, the Reich or state authority responsible for carrying out the sentence can order the sentence carried out by hanging.
Article 2 is a revision of Section 13 of the Criminal Code for the German Reich of May 15, 1871 (RGBL I, page 127), which determined that the death penalty is to be carried out through beheading.
Reich Chancellor: Adolf Hitler
For the Reich Minister of Justice: Deputy Reich Chancellor v. Papen