Contemporary | German history - Regina Schmeken | German Revolution in Berlin 1918 | 02100944
Contemporary | Colonialism | Funeral procession of a soldier who has fallen during the January uprising, 1919 | 00294268
Contemporary | World War I | The Bavarian Soviet Republic, 1919 | 00295546
Contemporary | Weimar Republic | Nationalversammlung in Weimar, 1919 | 02416215
Contemporary | Great Depression | Scheidemann opposes the adoption of the Versailles Treaty, 1919 | 00294520
Contemporary | Nazism 1933 | Port area of ??Duisburg occupied by the French, 1921 | 00295925
Contemporary | Nazism 1934-1945 | Film picture from "Schlageter" | 00295980
Contemporary | Spanish Civil War | Kapp-Putsch, 1920 | 02425576
Contemporary | World War II | KPD-Aufstände in Hamburg, Thüringen, Sachsen und im Ruhrgebiet | 02425920
Contemporary | East Germany | Reichstag election 06.06.1920 | 02100956
Contemporary | Cold War | Election of the Reichspresident 1925 | 02100491
Contemporary | Germany after 1945 | Reichspräsidentenwahl 13.03.1932 | 02389019
Contemporary | German Revolution in Berlin 1918 | Canvassing on the occasion of the Prussian Landtag election, 1932 | 00296529
Contemporary | Spartacist uprising 05.01.1919 | German Reichstag Election 31.07.1932 | 02100681
Contemporary | Bavarian Soviet Republic 1919 - 1932 | Geldscheinstapel der neuen Rentenmark, 1923 | 02393629
Contemporary | National Assembly in Weimar, 1919 | Great Depression 1929-1932 | 02100471
Contemporary | Disarmament after the Treaty of Versailles 1919-1921 | Strike ban in Berlin, 1932 | 00295839
Contemporary | Allied occupation of the Rhineland 1919-1930 | Soldiers protect the Reichstag, 1920 | 00294534
Contemporary | French occupation of the Ruhr area 1923 - 1925 | Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch in München, 1923 | 02425575
Contemporary | Kapp Putsch, 1920 | Referendum about the dispossession of sovereigns 20.06.1926 | 02100512
Contemporary | KPD-Uprisings in the early years of Weimar | Referendum against the Young plan 1929 | 02100377
Contemporary | Reichstag election in the 20th | Trucks of the Reich Defense Forces in front of the foreign office ensure the Prussian coup | 00074515
Contemporary | Election of the Reichspresident 1925 | Rally of the SPD on May Day in the Lustgarten in Berlin, 1931 | 00296283
Contemporary | Election of the Reichspresident 13.03.1932 | Police raids to maintain security, 1932 | 00296331
Weimar Republic

The Weimar Republic emerged from the November Revolution initiated by sailors, workers and soldiers and the subsequent abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918. For the first time in its history, a parliamentary democracy was established in Germany.

The absence of a restrictive clause allowed an extraordinary party fragmentation in parliament and more and more radical groups, that had formed at the right and left of the political spectrum, were able to participate; constructive cooperation was almost impossible. The terms of the Versailles Treaty led to a momentous agitation of political conservatives and right-wing nationalists against the social democratic "Erfüllungspolitiker" and "backstabbers".

Meanwhile, Stresemann's policy of rapprochement slowly maneuvered Germany out of international isolation; in 1926, Germany was accepted into the League of Nations as an equal partner. American loans also enabled a relatively stable state of the economy of the Republic.

The fragility of the "Golden Twenties" and the political constitution of the young republic, however, became evident in the Great Depression of 1929.

 

Commemorations Special Weimar Republic