- State Secretary and Vice Chancellor from 1918 to 1919
- Minister of Justice from 1919 to 1921
- Implemented comprehensive reforms of the judiciary
Eugen Schiffer left the National-Liberal Party of the Kaiserreich in November 1918 to join the German Democratic Party. The jurist was a member of the Reichstag and a high-level civil servant in the judiciary; from October 1918, he served as leading state secretary in the Treasury Office. He stayed in this post after the November Revolution. After serving as the Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister in Scheidemann’s cabinet, he was Bauer’s Minister of Justice (1919) as well as Wirth’s (1921). He took the initiative to reform the judiciary, aiming to streamline and speed up legal proceedings. Schiffer was considered one of the key players involved in putting down the Kapp Putsch. In 1924, he left the DDP and picked back up his career as a lawyer. After 1945, he helped establish the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) in the Soviet occupation zone. Yet in the end, he fled to the Federal Republic in 1950.