Minister of Foreign Affairs
Today, we take for granted women’s suffrage, the eight-hour day, our social state governed by the rule of law, and so much more. Yet we wouldn’t have any of this if it hadn’t been for the Weimar Republic. The women and men who fought relentlessly for Germany’s first democracy in the difficult conditions of that era deserve to be remembered.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert
Chair of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung foundation
Without even looking at what it achieved, the Weimar National Assembly already stands out in the history of German democracy as the first and only constitutional convention ever chosen by voters in general, democratic elections. It was and still is linked with the introduction of women’s suffrage. With this advance, the politically rather backwards Germany of the time overtook the neighboring long-standing democracies that were looked to as progressive societies. This is one of Weimar democracy’s few lasting achievements.
Secretary of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group
I will do all I can to make sure that the federal government upholds the commemoration and raises awareness of the milestones of our democracy’s history. The Weimar Republic is part of this. Indeed, with the centenary celebrations approaching, Weimar’s role as the birthplace of Germany’s first democracy is taking center stage. We have a unique opportunity to gain new insights into where our democracy is today and how best to promote its future by examining the Weimar Republic’s history.”
Dr. Katarina Barley
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
The history of the Weimar Republic reminds us of the valuable achievements of the first German democracy. Yet it also teaches us how fragile democracy and the rule of law can become when populists stoke fears and stir up conflicts within societies. The two-fold 2018-2019 centenary is a good opportunity to reaffirm the values expressed in today’s German constitution, the Grundgesetz, and to publicly debate how responsible politicians can spark more enthusiasm among citizens for the advantages of living in peace, freedom, and solidarity.