The Weimar Republic - Germany’s first democracy

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Fest der Demokratie

Mi, 31.07.2019, ab 14 Uhr, Theaterplatz Weimar

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Weimar. 100 Jahre danach

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12.06.2017

“Sites of the History of Democracy” Consortium Founded

Thirty-four organizations and institutions from all over Germany founded the “Sites of the History of Democracy” consortium in Berlin on 1 June.

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The House of the Weimar Republic. A national memorial site

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Weimar and the Republic

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Statements

Heiko Maas

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… weiterlesen

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… weiterlesen

Carsten Schneider

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 … weiterlesen

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 … weiterlesen

Heiko Maas

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.

Carsten Schneider

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.

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Glossar

Abkürzungs- und Siglenverzeichnis der verwendeten Literatur:

ADGBFederation of German General Trade Unions
AEGAllgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company)
AfA-BundGeneral Free Federation of Employees
AGCorporation
AVUSAutomobile Traffic and Training Road
BMWBayrische Motorenwerke (Bavarian Motor Works)
BRTgross register tons
BVPBavarian People’s Party
CenterCenter Party
DAPGerman Workers’ Party
DDPGerman Democratic Party
DNTGerman National Theater
DNVPGerman National People’s Party
DVPGerman People’s Party
GmbHLimited (form of company)
KominternCommunist International
KPDCommunist Party of Germany
KVPConservative People’s Party
LKWtrucks
MSPDMajority Social Democratic Party of Germany; the Majority Socialists
NSnational socialism (Nazi)
NSDAPNational Socialist German Workers’ Party; Nazi party
NVNational Assembly
O.C.Organization Consul
OHLArmy High Command
RMReichsmark
SASturmabteilung; Brownshirts
SPDSocial Democratic Party of Germany
SSSchutzstaffel
StGBPenal Code
UfAUniversum Film Aktiengesellschaft
USPDIndependent Social Democratic Party of Germany
VKPDUnited Communist Party of Germany
ZentrumCenter Party

(zusammengestellt von Dr. Jens Riederer und Christine Rost, bearbeitet von Stephan Zänker)

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