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Der Weimarer Republik e.V.

Democracy Should Never Be Taken For Granted

The Weimar Republic was Germany’s first democracy. It was named after the city of Germany’s classical culture, in which the constituent National Assembly met in 1919. At the time, a spirit of optimism was spreading throughout society. Many people hoped that the new democracy would bring better times after World War I. Yet these hopes were dashed in the end. The republic only survived 14 years, and was followed by the Nazi dictatorship, the darkest chapter of German history. Despite its early failure, calling the Weimar era to mind is a valuable endeavor. Some of the problems of the time are shockingly relevant to today’s world, and we can learn valuable lessons from the past. The Weimarer Republik e.V. association was founded in 2013 by citizens who are committed to promoting this goal. Our mission - pursued through a series of projects and events - is to spread the message that democracy should never be taken for granted. Instead, we must fight to protect it each and every day. Feel free to join our association and help us pursue our mission. Come to our events and become a member. Our charter and the form for joining our association are below under “Becoming a member”.

Our Projects & Goals

Our aim is to look back on the history and events of the Weimar Republic, analyzing them and demonstrating their relevance for our democracy of today. The upcoming centenary of the National Assembly of 1919 rapidly approaching, is a very auspicious occasion to do so.

We organize events in a variety of attractive formats to help people connect to the history of the first German democracy. For example, we provide historical tours with actors in Weimar.

In order to spread insights into the Weimar Republic in today’s way, we launched a multimedia exhibition that has been touring Germany since November 2015. We have been turning our website, www.weimarer-republik.net, into the platform for all of our efforts.

One of our core concerns is to promote research and scientific discourse on the Weimar Republic and we are planning to set up a research association to this end.

We are also promoting the creation of a “House of Democracy” in Weimar as an appropriate site to commemorate the Weimar Republic. The same applies to Schwarzburg, where the constitution was signed.

Broschüre des Weimarer Republik e.V. (© Weimarer Republik e.V.)

Brochure of Weimarer Republik e.V.

Weimarer Republik e.V. has grown in leaps and bounds, constantly gaining momentum since its founding in February 2013. Numerous projects, events, and networks have already been realized and many more are under way or in the pipeline. The core motor driving these activities forward is the upcoming centenary of the Weimar Republic. From fall 2018, centenary events will be held one after the other in quick succession. In the run-up to these celebrations, the association has put together a brochure taking stock of relevant activities and ongoing projects. Page twenty-eight presents the history of the association, its most important stakeholders, the multimedia touring exhibition, and the Weimar City Museum exhibition. The brochure also focuses on the planned House of the Weimar Republic directly vis-à-vis the German National Theater as well as the other authentic locations of the 1919 National Assembly. In addition, it provides further details on the various areas in which the association works and on the Weimar Republic Research Center set up at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in 2016.
Click here to download the PDF version of the brochure:

Brochure (German)

For the print version, contact verein@weimarer-republik.net.

Our Board Members

Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer    Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer    

    Chair

    Tel: (03643) 827-571

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: verein@weimarer-republik.net

 

 

 

Dr. Alf Rößner

    Dr. Alf Rößner

    Deputy Chair

    Tel: (03643) 827-571

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: verein@weimarer-republik.net

 

 

 

Michael Haun    Michael Haun

    Treasurer

    Tel: (03643) 827-571

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: verein@weimarer-republik.net

 

 

 

 

Your contact at our office

Stephan Zänker    Stephan Zänker

    Managing Director

    Tel: (03643) 827-572

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: zaenker@weimarer-republik.net

 

 

 

Anne Meinzenbach    Anne Meinzenbach

    Head of the

    House of the Weimar Republic

    Tel: (03643) 827-573

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: meinzenbach@weimarer-republik.net

 

 

 

Markus Hünniger

    Markus Hünniger

    Managing Director’s Assistant

    Tel: (03643) 827-571

    Fax: (03643) 827-570

    E-Mail: huenniger@weimarer-republik.net

 

Links


News

Our Partners

Becoming a Member

Downloadable PDFs of our association’s charter and the membership form are available here. Feel free to join our association.

Charter (German) and membership (German) form attached

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Glossar

Abkürzungs- und Siglenverzeichnis der verwendeten Literatur:

ADGBFederation of German General Trade Unions
AEGGeneral Electricity Company
AfA-BundGeneral Free Federation of Employees
AGCorporation
AVUSAutomobile Traffic and Training Road
BMWBavarian 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
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[Ebert/Wienecke-JanzEbert, Johannes/Wienecke-Janz, Detlef, Die Chronik. Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts bis heute, Gütersloh/München 2006.
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[EtzoldEtzold, Hans-Rüdiger, Der Käfer II. Die Käfer-Entwicklung von 1934 bis 1982 vom Urmodell zum Weltmeister, Stuttgart 1989.
[GG]Gitta Günther: Weimar-Chronik. Stadtgeschichte in Daten. Dritte Folge: März 1850 bis April 1945 (Weimarer Schriften, Heft 33), Weimar 1987.
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[O/S]Manfred Overesch/ Friedrich Wilhelm Saal: Die Weimarer Republik. Eine Tageschronik der Politik, Wirtschaft, Kultur, Düsseldorf 1992.
[Overesch/SaalOveresch, Manfred/Saal, Friedrich Wilhelm, Die Weimarer Republik, Eine Tageschronik der Politik, Wissenschaft Kultur, Augsburg 1992.
[PeukertPeukert, Detlef, Die Weimarer Republik. Krisenjahre der Klassischen Moderne, Frankfurt a.M. 1987.
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[ThHB]Thüringen-Handbuch. Territorium, Verfassung, Parlament, Regierung und Verwaltung in Thüringen 1920 bis 1995, hrsg. von Bernhard Post und Volker Wahl, Redaktion Dieter Marek (Veröffentlichungen aus Thüringischen Staatsarchiven, Bd. 1), Weimar 1999.
[TofahrnTofahrn, Klaus W., Chronologie des Dritten Reiches. Ereignisse, Personen, Begriffe, Darmstadt 2003.
[UB]Ursula Büttner: Weimar. Die überforderte Republik 1918-1933. Leistungen und Versagen in Staat, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Kultur, Stuttgart 2008.
[VU]Volker Ullrich: Die Revolution von 1918/19, München 2009.
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(zusammengestellt von Dr. Jens Riederer und Christine Rost, bearbeitet von Stephan Zänker)

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