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The Nazi report on the back of the photo reads 'German soldiers listen to their Fuhrer. The liberation celebrations of Danzig were broadcast on all German stations.
Naturally, the soldiers of liberator Adolf Hitler joyfully took part in the return of this typically German city back to the Reich, for it had been them who liberated the town by battling with the Polish army.
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The picture from a Nazi news report shows young men reading the announcement of the draft on an advertizing column in Berlin, Germany, June On 16 March against the prohibition by the Treaty of Versailles, the general draft war reinstated in the Third Reich.
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On 29 October, rebellion broke out in Kiel among sailors. There, sailors, soldiers, and workers began electing Workers' and Soldiers' Councils Arbeiter und Soldatenräte modeled after the Soviets of the Russian Revolution of The revolution spread throughout Germany, and participants seized military and civil powers in individual cities.
The power takeover was achieved everywhere without loss of life. At the time, the Socialist movement which represented mostly laborers was split among two major left-wing parties: The rebellion caused great fear in the establishment and in the middle classes because of the Soviet -style aspirations of the councils.
To centrist and conservative citizens, the country looked to be on the verge of a communist revolution. The MSPD decided to make use of their support at the grassroots and put themselves at the front of the movement, demanding that Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicate.
When he refused, Prince Max of Baden simply announced that he had done so and frantically attempted to establish a regency under another member of the House of Hohenzollern.
Gustav Noske , a self-appointed military expert in the MSPD, was sent to Kiel to prevent any further unrest and took on the task of controlling the mutinous sailors and their supporters in the Kiel barracks.
The sailors and soldiers, inexperienced in matters of revolutionary combat, welcomed him as an experienced politician and allowed him to negotiate a settlement, thus defusing the initial anger of the revolutionaries in uniform.
The proclamation was issued by Karl Liebknecht , co-leader with Rosa Luxemburg of the communist Spartakusbund Spartacist League , a group of a few hundred supporters of the Russian revolution that had allied itself with the USPD in In a legally questionable act, Imperial Chancellor Reichskanzler Prince Max of Baden transferred his powers to Friedrich Ebert, who, shattered by the monarchy's fall, reluctantly accepted.
In view of the mass support for more radical reforms among the workers' councils, a coalition government called " Council of the People's Deputies " Rat der Volksbeauftragten was established, consisting of three MSPD and three USPD members.
But the power question was unanswered. Although the new government was confirmed by the Berlin worker and soldier council, it was opposed by the Spartacist League.
A number of other reforms were carried out in Germany during the revolutionary period. It was made harder for estates to sack workers and prevent them from leaving when they wanted to; under the Provisional Act for Agricultural Labour of 23 November the normal period of notice for management, and for most resident labourers, was set at six weeks.
In addition, a supplementary directive of December specified that female and child workers were entitled to a fifteen-minute break if they worked between four and six hours, thirty minutes for workdays lasting six to eight hours, and one hour for longer days.
A decree on 3 February removed the right of employers to acquire exemption for domestic servants and agricultural workers.
With the Verordnung of 3 February , the Ebert government reintroduced the original structure of the health insurance boards according to an law, with one-third employers and two-thirds members i.
It effectively ended military operations between the Allies and Germany. It amounted to German capitulation, without any concessions by the Allies; the naval blockade would continue until complete peace terms were agreed.
The ensuing street fighting left several dead and injured on both sides. The USPD leaders were outraged by what they believed was treachery by the MSPD, which, in their view, had joined with the anti-communist military to suppress the revolution.
The Council issued a large number of decrees that radically shifted German policies. It introduced the eight-hour workday , domestic labour reform, works councils, agricultural labour reform, right of civil-service associations, local municipality social welfare relief split between Reich and States and important national health insurance, re-instatement of demobilised workers, protection from arbitrary dismissal with appeal as a right, regulated wage agreement, and universal suffrage from 20 years of age in all types of elections—local and national.
Thus, Ebert was able to institute elections for a provisional National Assembly that would be given the task of writing a democratic constitution for parliamentary government, marginalizing the movement that called for a socialist republic.
To ensure his fledgling government maintained control over the country, Ebert made an agreement with the OHL, now led by Ludendorff's successor General Wilhelm Groener.
The ' Ebert—Groener pact ' stipulated that the government would not attempt to reform the army so long as the army swore to protect the state.
On the one hand, this agreement symbolised the acceptance of the new government by the military, assuaging concern among the middle classes; on the other hand, it was thought contrary to working-class interests by left wing social democrats and communists, and was also opposed by the far right who believed democracy would make Germany weaker.
The new Reichswehr armed forces, limited by the Treaty of Versailles to , army soldiers and 15, sailors, remained fully under the control of the German officer class, despite their nominal re-organisation.
In January, the Spartacist League and others in the streets of Berlin made more armed attempts to establish communism, known as the Spartacist uprising.
Those attempts were put down by paramilitary Freikorps units consisting of volunteer soldiers. Bloody street fights culminated in the beating and shooting deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht after their arrests on 15 January.
The National Assembly elections took place on 19 January To avoid the ongoing fights in Berlin, the National Assembly convened in the city of Weimar , giving the future Republic its unofficial name.
The Weimar Constitution created a republic under a parliamentary republic system with the Reichstag elected by proportional representation.
During the debates in Weimar, fighting continued. A Soviet republic was declared in Munich , but was quickly put down by Freikorps and remnants of the regular army.
The fall of the Munich Soviet Republic to these units, many of which were situated on the extreme right, resulted in the growth of far-right movements and organisations in Bavaria , including Organisation Consul , the Nazi Party , and societies of exiled Russian Monarchists.
Sporadic fighting continued to flare up around the country. In eastern provinces, forces loyal to Germany's fallen Monarchy fought the republic, while militias of Polish nationalists fought for independence: Germany lost the war because the country ran out of allies and its economic resources were running out; support among the population began to crumble in and by mid there was support for the war only among the die-hard monarchists and conservatives.
The decisive blow came with the entry of the United States into the conflict, which made its vast industrial resources available to the beleaguered Allies.
By late summer the German reserves were exhausted while fresh American troops arrived in France at the rate of 10, a day.
Retreat and defeat were at hand, and the Army told the Kaiser to abdicate for it could no longer support him. Although in retreat, the German armies were still on French and Belgian territory when the war ended on 11 November.
Ludendorf and Hindenburg soon proclaimed that it was the defeatism of the civilian population that had made defeat inevitable.
The die-hard nationalists then blamed the civilians for betraying the army and the surrender. This was the " stab-in-the-back myth " that was unceasingly propagated by the right in the s and ensured that many monarchists and conservatives would refuse to support the government of what they called the "November criminals".
In the first four years following the First World War, the situation for German civilians remained dire.
The severe food shortages improved little to none up until Many German civilians expected life to return to prewar normalcy following the removal of the naval blockade in June Instead, the struggles induced by the First World War persisted for the decade following.
Throughout the war German officials made rash decisions to combat the growing hunger of the nation, most of which were highly unsuccessful.
Examples include the nationwide pig slaughter, Schweinemord , in The German government's rationale behind exterminating the population of swine in Germany was to decrease the use of potatoes and turnips for animal consumption, transitioning all foods toward human consumption.
In , now three years after the German signing of the Treaty of Versailles, meat consumption in the country had not increased since the war era.
German citizens felt the food shortages even deeper than during the war, because the reality of the nation contrasted so significantly from their expectations of a postwar nation.
The burdens of World War I saw little improvement in the immediate years following, and with the onset of the Treaty of Versailles, coupled by mass inflation, Germany still remained in a crisis.
The continuity of pain introduced the Weimar authority in a negative light, having public opinion being one of the main sources behind its failure.
The growing post-war economic crisis was a result of lost pre-war industrial exports, the loss of supplies in raw materials and foodstuffs due to the continental blockade, the loss of the colonies, and worsening debt balances, exacerbated by an exorbitant issue of promissory notes raising money to pay for the war.
Military-industrial activity had almost ceased, although controlled demobilisation kept unemployment at around one million. In part, the economic losses can also be attributed to the Allied blockade of Germany until the Treaty of Versailles.
The Allies permitted only low import levels of goods that most Germans could not afford. Millions were disenchanted with capitalism and hoping for a new era.
Meanwhile, the currency depreciated, and would continue to depreciate following the French invasion of the Ruhr. The German peace delegation in France signed the Treaty of Versailles, accepting mass reductions of the German military, the prospect of substantial war reparations payments to the victorious allies, and the controversial " War Guilt Clause ".
Explaining the rise of extreme nationalist movements in Germany shortly after the war, British historian Ian Kershaw points to the "national disgrace" that was "felt throughout Germany at the humiliating terms imposed by the victorious Allies and reflected in the Versailles Treaty The new post-World War I Germany, stripped of all colonies, became Of these losses, a large proportion consisted of provinces that were originally Polish, and Alsace-Lorraine, seized by Germany in , where Germans constituted only part or a minority of local populations despite nationalist outrage at the fragmentation of Germany.
The occupation of the Rhineland took place following the Armistice with Germany of 11 November The occupying armies consisted of American , Belgian , British and French forces.
In , under massive French pressure, the Saar was separated from the Rhine Province and administered by the League of Nations until a plebiscite in , when the region was returned to the Deutsches Reich.
Shortly after, France completely occupied the Rhineland, strictly controlling all important industrial areas. The actual amount of reparations that Germany was obliged to pay out was not the billion marks decided in the London Schedule of but rather the 50 billion marks stipulated in the A and B Bonds.
Historian Sally Marks says the billion marks in "C bonds" were entirely chimerical—a device to fool the public into thinking Germany would pay much more.
The rest was goods such as coal and chemicals, or from assets like railway equipment. The reparations bill was fixed in on the basis of a German capacity to pay, not on the basis of Allied claims.
The highly publicised rhetoric of about paying for all the damages and all the veterans' benefits was irrelevant for the total, but it did determine how the recipients spent their share.
In the early post-war years, inflation was growing at an alarming rate, but the government simply printed more currency to pay debts. By , the Republic claimed it could no longer afford the reparations payments required by the Versailles Treaty, and the government defaulted on some payments.
In response, French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr region , Germany's most productive industrial region at the time, taking control of most mining and manufacturing companies in January Strikes were called, and passive resistance was encouraged.
These strikes lasted eight months, further damaging both the economy and society. The strike prevented some goods from being produced, but one industrialist, Hugo Stinnes , was able to create a vast empire out of bankrupt companies.
Because the production costs in Germany were falling almost hourly, the prices for German products were unbeatable. Stinnes made sure that he was paid in dollars, which meant that by mid, his industrial empire was worth more than the entire German economy.
By the end of the year, over two hundred factories were working full-time to produce paper for the spiralling bank note production.
Stinnes' empire collapsed when the government-sponsored inflation was stopped in November In , one loaf of bread cost 1 mark; by , the same loaf of bread cost billion marks.
Since striking workers were paid benefits by the state, much additional currency was printed, fuelling a period of hyperinflation.
The s German inflation started when Germany had no goods to trade. The government printed money to deal with the crisis; this meant payments within Germany were made with worthless paper money, and helped formerly great industrialists to pay back their own loans.
This also led to pay raises for workers and for businessmen who wanted to profit from it. Circulation of money rocketed, and soon banknotes were being overprinted to a thousand times their nominal value and every town produced its own promissory notes; many banks and industrial firms did the same.
The value of the Papiermark had declined from 4. This led to further criticism of the Republic. On 15 November , a new currency, the Rentenmark , was introduced at the rate of one trillion 1,,,, Papiermark for one Rentenmark , an action known as redenomination.
At that time, one U. Reparation payments were resumed, and the Ruhr was returned to Germany under the Locarno Treaties , which defined the borders between Germany, France, and Belgium.
The Republic was soon under attack from both left- and right-wing sources. The radical left accused the ruling Social Democrats of having betrayed the ideals of the workers' movement by preventing a communist revolution and sought to overthrow the Republic and do so themselves.
Various right-wing sources opposed any democratic system, preferring an authoritarian, autocratic state like the Empire. To further undermine the Republic's credibility, some right-wingers especially certain members of the former officer corps also blamed an alleged conspiracy of Socialists and Jews for Germany's defeat in World War I.
In the next five years, the central government, assured of the support of the Reichswehr, dealt severely with the occasional outbreaks of violence in Germany's large cities.
The left claimed that the Social Democrats had betrayed the ideals of the revolution, while the army and the government-financed Freikorps committed hundreds of acts of gratuitous violence against striking workers.
The first challenge to the Weimar Republic came when a group of communists and anarchists took over the Bavarian government in Munich and declared the creation of the Bavarian Soviet Republic.
The uprising was brutally attacked by Freikorps , which consisted mainly of ex-soldiers dismissed from the army and who were well-paid to put down forces of the Far Left.
The Freikorps was an army outside the control of the government, but they were in close contact with their allies in the Reichswehr.
On 13 March during the Kapp Putsch , 12, Freikorps soldiers occupied Berlin and installed Wolfgang Kapp , a right-wing journalist, as chancellor.
The national government fled to Stuttgart and called for a general strike against the putsch. The strike meant that no "official" pronouncements could be published, and with the civil service out on strike, the Kapp government collapsed after only four days on 17 March.
Inspired by the general strikes, a workers' uprising began in the Ruhr region when 50, people formed a "Red Army" and took control of the province.
The regular army and the Freikorps ended the uprising on their own authority. The rebels were campaigning for an extension of the plans to nationalise major industries and supported the national government, but the SPD leaders did not want to lend support to the growing USPD, who favoured the establishment of a socialist regime.
The repression of an uprising of SPD supporters by the reactionary forces in the Freikorps on the instructions of the SPD ministers was to become a major source of conflict within the socialist movement and thus contributed to the weakening of the only group that could have withstood the National Socialist movement.
Other rebellions were put down in March in Saxony and Hamburg. In , Germany signed the Treaty of Rapallo with the Soviet Union, which allowed Germany to train military personnel in exchange for giving Russia military technology.
This was against the Treaty of Versailles , which limited Germany to , soldiers and no conscription, naval forces of 15, men, twelve destroyers, six battleships, and six cruisers, no submarines or aircraft.
Thus, Germany seized the chance to make an ally. Walther Rathenau , the Jewish Foreign Minister who signed the treaty, was assassinated two months later by two ultra-nationalist army officers.
Hitler named himself as chairman of the party in July On 8 November , the Kampfbund , in a pact with Erich Ludendorff , took over a meeting by Bavarian prime minister Gustav von Kahr at a beer hall in Munich.
Ludendorff and Hitler declared that the Weimar government was deposed and that they were planning to take control of Munich the following day.
The 3, rebels were thwarted by the Bavarian authorities. Hitler was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for high treason , a minimum sentence for the charge.
Hitler served less than eight months in a comfortable cell, receiving a daily stream of visitors before his release on 20 December While in jail, Hitler dictated Mein Kampf , which laid out his ideas and future policies.
Hitler now decided to focus on legal methods of gaining power. Gustav Stresemann was Reichskanzler for days in , and served as foreign minister from —, a period of relative stability for the Weimar Republic, known in Germany as Goldene Zwanziger " Golden Twenties ".
Prominent features of this period were a growing economy and a consequent decrease in civil unrest. Once civil stability had been restored, Stresemann began stabilising the German currency, which promoted confidence in the German economy and helped the recovery that was so ardently needed for the German nation to keep up with their reparation repayments, while at the same time feeding and supplying the nation.
Once the economic situation had stabilised, Stresemann could begin putting a permanent currency in place, called the Rentenmark October , which again contributed to the growing level of international confidence in the German economy.
To help Germany meet reparation obligations, the Dawes Plan was created in This was an agreement between American banks and the German government in which the American banks lent money to German banks with German assets as collateral to help it pay reparations.
The German railways, the National Bank and many industries were therefore mortgaged as securities for the stable currency and the loans.
Germany was the first state to establish diplomatic relations with the new Soviet Union. Under the Treaty of Rapallo , Germany accorded it formal de jure recognition, and the two mutually cancelled all pre-war debts and renounced war claims.
Moreover, Britain, Italy and Belgium undertook to assist France in the case that German troops marched into the demilitarised Rhineland.
Locarno paved the way for Germany's admission to the League of Nations in Other foreign achievements were the evacuation of foreign troops from the Ruhr in In , Germany was admitted to the League of Nations as a permanent member, improving her international standing and giving the right to vote on League matters.
Overall trade increased and unemployment fell. Stresemann's reforms did not relieve the underlying weaknesses of Weimar but gave the appearance of a stable democracy.
Even Stresemann's 'German People's party' failed to gain nationwide recognition, and instead featured in the 'flip-flop' coalitions. The Grand Coalition headed by Muller inspired some faith in the government, but that didn't last.
Governments frequently lasted only a year, much like the situation in 's France. The major weakness in constitutional terms was the inherent instability of the coalitions.
The growing dependence on American finance was to prove fleeting, and Germany was one of the worst hit nations in the Great Depression. So also some Hitler stamps.
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Overall trade increased and unemployment fell. Stresemann's reforms did not relieve the underlying weaknesses of Weimar but gave the appearance of a stable democracy.
Even Stresemann's 'German People's party' failed to gain nationwide recognition, and instead featured in the 'flip-flop' coalitions.
The Grand Coalition headed by Muller inspired some faith in the government, but that didn't last. Governments frequently lasted only a year, much like the situation in 's France.
The major weakness in constitutional terms was the inherent instability of the coalitions. The growing dependence on American finance was to prove fleeting, and Germany was one of the worst hit nations in the Great Depression.
The s saw a remarkable cultural renaissance in Germany. During the worst phase of hyperinflation in , the clubs and bars were full of speculators who spent their daily profits so they would not lose the value the following day.
Berlin intellectuals responded by condemning the excesses of capitalism, and demanding revolutionary changes on the cultural scenery.
Influenced by the brief cultural explosion in the Soviet Union, German literature, cinema, theatre and musical works entered a phase of great creativity.
Innovative street theatre brought plays to the public, and the cabaret scene and jazz band became very popular. The euphoria surrounding Josephine Baker in the metropolis of Berlin for instance, where she was declared an "erotic goddess " and in many ways admired and respected, kindled further "ultramodern" sensations in the minds of the German public.
Artists in Berlin were influenced by other contemporary progressive cultural movements, such as the Impressionist and Expressionist painters in Paris, as well as the Cubists.
Likewise, American progressive architects were admired. Many of the new buildings built during this era followed a straight-lined, geometrical style.
Not everyone, however, was happy with the changes taking place in Weimar culture. Conservatives and reactionaries feared that Germany was betraying its traditional values by adopting popular styles from abroad, particularly those Hollywood was popularizing in American films, while New York became the global capital of fashion.
Germany was more susceptible to Americanization, because of the close economic links brought about by the Dawes plan. In , three years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize , Stresemann died of a heart attack at age When the New York Stock Exchange crashed in October, , American loans dried up and the sharp decline of the German economy brought the "Golden Twenties" to an abrupt end.
A wide range of progressive social reforms were carried out during and after the revolutionary period. In , legislation provided for a maximum working hour workweek, restrictions on night work, a half-holiday on Saturday, and a break of thirty-six hours of continuous rest during the week.
The Imperial Youth Welfare Act of obliged all municipalities and states to set up youth offices in charge of child protection, and also codified a right to education for all children,  while laws were passed to regulate rents and increase protection for tenants in and In , unemployment relief was consolidated into a regular programme of assistance following economic problems that year.
In , a modern public assistance programme was introduced, and in the accident insurance programme was reformed, allowing diseases that were linked to certain kinds of work to become insurable risks.
In addition, a national unemployment insurance programme was introduced in In , the onset of the depression in the United States of America produced a severe shockwave in Germany.
The economy was supported by the granting of loans through the Dawes Plan and the Young Plan When American banks withdrew their loans to German companies, the onset of severe unemployment could not be stopped by conventional economic measures.
Unemployment grew rapidly, at 4 million in ,  and in September a political earthquake shook the republic to its foundations.
The last years of the Weimar Republic were stamped by even more political instability than in the previous years.
The administrations of Chancellors Brüning , Papen , Schleicher and, from 30 January to 23 March , Hitler governed through presidential decree rather than through parliamentary consultation.
On 29 March , after months of lobbying by General Kurt von Schleicher on behalf of the military, the finance expert Heinrich Brüning was appointed as Müller's successor by Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg.
The new government was expected to lead a political shift towards conservatism. As Brüning had no majority support in the Reichstag , he became, through the use of the emergency powers granted to the Reichspräsident Article 48 by the constitution , the first Weimar chancellor to operate independently of parliament.
This made him dependent on the Reichspräsident , Hindenburg. Immediately afterward, Brüning submitted the president's decree that the Reichstag be dissolved.
The consequent general election on 14 September resulted in an enormous political shift within the Reichstag: This encouraged an escalation in the number of public demonstrations and instances of paramilitary violence organised by the NSDAP.
Between and , Brüning tried to reform the Weimar Republic without a parliamentary majority, governing, when necessary, through the President's emergency decrees.
In line with the contemporary economic theory subsequently termed " leave-it-alone liquidationism " , he enacted a draconian policy of deflation and drastically cutting state expenditure.
Benefits for the sick, invalid and pensioners were also reduced sharply. Brüning expected that the policy of deflation would temporarily worsen the economic situation before it began to improve, quickly increasing the German economy's competitiveness and then restoring its creditworthiness.
His long-term view was that deflation would, in any case, be the best way to help the economy. His primary goal was to remove Germany's reparation payments by convincing the Allies that they could no longer be paid.
A rightful attempt to release Germany from the grip of reparation payments, but in reality it meant nothing else than committing suicide because of fearing death.
The deflation policy causes much more damage than the reparation payments of 20 years Fighting against Hitler is fighting against deflation, the enormous destruction of production factors.
In , the American economist Irving Fisher developed the theory of debt deflation. He explained that a deflation causes a decline of profits, asset prices and a still greater decline in the net worth of businesses.
Even healthy companies, therefore, may appear over-indebted and facing bankruptcy. Most German capitalists and landowners originally supported the conservative experiment more from the belief that conservatives would best serve their interests rather than any particular liking for Brüning.
As more of the working and middle classes turned against Brüning, however, more of the capitalists and landowners declared themselves in favour of his opponents Hitler and Hugenberg.
By late , the conservative movement was dead and Hindenburg and the Reichswehr had begun to contemplate dropping Brüning in favour of accommodating Hugenberg and Hitler.
Hindenburg then appointed Franz von Papen as new Reichskanzler. Papen was closely associated with the industrialist and land-owning classes and pursued an extreme Conservative policy along Hindenburg's lines.
He appointed as Reichswehr Minister Kurt von Schleicher , and all the members of the new cabinet were of the same political opinion as Hindenburg.
This government was expected to assure itself of the co-operation of Hitler. Since the Republicans were not yet ready to take action, the Communists did not want to support the republic, and the Conservatives had shot their political bolt, Hitler and Hugenberg were certain to achieve power.
Because most parties opposed the new government, Papen had the Reichstag dissolved and called for new elections. The general elections on 31 July yielded major gains for the Communists , and for the Nazis, who won The Nazi party then supplanted the Social Democrats as the largest party in the Reichstag , although it did not gain a majority.
The immediate question was what part the now large Nazi Party would play in the Government of the country.
The party owed its huge increase to growing support from middle-class people, whose traditional parties were swallowed up by the Nazi Party.
The millions of radical adherents at first forced the Party towards the Left. They wanted a renewed Germany and a new organisation of German society.
The left of the Nazi party strove desperately against any drift into the train of such capitalist and feudal reactionaries. Therefore, Hitler refused ministry under Papen, and demanded the chancellorship for himself, but was rejected by Hindenburg on 13 August There was still no majority in the Reichstag for any government; as a result, the Reichstag was dissolved and elections took place once more in the hope that a stable majority would result.
The 6 November elections yielded Schleicher, a retired army officer, had developed in an atmosphere of semi-obscurity and intrigue that encompassed the Republican military policy.
He had for years been in the camp of those supporting the Conservative counter-revolution. Schleicher's bold and unsuccessful plan was to build a majority in the Reichstag by uniting the trade unionist left wings of the various parties, including that of the Nazis led by Gregor Strasser.
This policy did not prove successful either. In this brief Presidential Dictatorship intermission, Schleicher assumed the role of "Socialist General" and entered into relations with the Christian Trade Unions, the left-wing members of the Nazi party, and even with the Social Democrats.
Schleicher planned for a sort of labour government under his Generalship. But the Reichswehr officers were not prepared for this, the working class had a natural distrust of their future allies, and the great capitalists and landowners also did not like the plans.
Hitler learned from Papen that the general had not received from Hindenburg the authority to abolish the Reichstag parliament, whereas any majority of seats did.
The cabinet under a previous interpretation of Article 48 ruled without a sitting Reichstag , which could vote only for its own dissolution.
Hitler also learned that all past crippling Nazi debts were to be relieved by German big business. Outmaneuvered by Papen and Hitler on plans for the new cabinet, and having lost Hindenburg's confidence, Schleicher asked for new elections.
On 28 January, Papen described Hitler to Paul von Hindenburg as only a minority part of an alternative, Papen-arranged government.
On 29 January, Hitler and Papen thwarted a last-minute threat of an officially sanctioned Reichswehr takeover, and on 30 January Hindenburg accepted the new Papen-Nationalist-Hitler coalition, with the Nazis holding only three of eleven Cabinet seats: Later that day, the first cabinet meeting was attended by only two political parties, representing a minority in the Reichstag: Eyeing the Catholic Centre Party 's 70 plus 20 BVP seats, Hitler refused their leader's demands for constitutional "concessions" amounting to protection and planned for dissolution of the Reichstag.
Hindenburg, despite his misgivings about the Nazis' goals and about Hitler as a personality, reluctantly agreed to Papen's theory that, with Nazi popular support on the wane, Hitler could now be controlled as Chancellor.
This date, dubbed by the Nazis as the Machtergreifung seizure of power , is commonly seen as the beginning of Nazi Germany.
Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor on the morning of 30 January in what some observers later described as a brief and indifferent ceremony.
By early February, a mere week after Hitler's assumption of the chancellorship, the government had begun to clamp down on the opposition. Meetings of the left-wing parties were banned and even some of the moderate parties found their members threatened and assaulted.
Measures with an appearance of legality suppressed the Communist Party in mid-February and included the plainly illegal arrests of Reichstag deputies.
The Reichstag fire on 27 February was blamed by Hitler's government on the Communists. Hitler used the ensuing state of emergency to obtain the presidential assent of Hindenburg to issue the Reichstag Fire Decree the following day.
The decree invoked Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution and "indefinitely suspended" a number of constitutional protections of civil liberties, allowing the Nazi government to take swift action against political meetings, arresting and killing the Communists.
Hitler and the Nazis exploited the German state's broadcasting and aviation facilities in a massive attempt to sway the electorate, but this election yielded a scant majority of 16 seats for the coalition.
This was the last multi-party election of the Weimar Republic and the last multi-party all-German election for 57 years. Hitler addressed disparate interest groups, stressing the necessity for a definitive solution to the perpetual instability of the Weimar Republic.
He now blamed Germany's problems on the Communists, even threatening their lives on 3 March. Former Chancellor Heinrich Brüning proclaimed that his Centre Party would resist any constitutional change and appealed to the President for an investigation of the Reichstag fire.
Hitler's successful plan was to induce what remained of the now Communist-depleted Reichstag to grant him, and the Government, the authority to issue decrees with the force of law.
The hitherto Presidential Dictatorship hereby was to give itself a new legal form. On 15 March, the first cabinet meeting was attended by the two coalition parties, representing a minority in the Reichstag: At the cabinet meeting on 15 March, Hitler introduced the Enabling Act , which would have authorised the cabinet to enact legislation without the approval of the Reichstag.
Hitler expressed his confidence to win over the Centre's votes. Hitler is recorded at the Nuremberg Trials as being sure of eventual Centre Party Germany capitulation and thus rejecting of the DNVP's suggestions to "balance" the majority through further arrests, this time of Social Democrats.
Hitler, however, assured his coalition partners that arrests would resume after the elections and, in fact, some 26 SPD Social Democrats were physically removed.
After meeting with Centre leader Monsignor Ludwig Kaas and other Centre Trade Union leaders daily and denying them a substantial participation in the government, negotiation succeeded in respect of guarantees towards Catholic civil-servants and education issues.
At the last internal Centre meeting prior to the debate on the Enabling Act, Kaas expressed no preference or suggestion on the vote, but as a way of mollifying opposition by Centre members to the granting of further powers to Hitler, Kaas somehow arranged for a letter of constitutional guarantee from Hitler himself prior to his voting with the centre en bloc in favour of the Enabling Act.
This guarantee was not ultimately given. In return for pledging his support for the act, Kaas would use his connections with the Vatican to set in train and draft the Holy See 's long desired Reichskonkordat with Germany only possible with the co-operation of the Nazis.
Ludwig Kaas is considered along with Papen as being one of the two most important political figures in the creation of a National Socialist dictatorship.
The aim was to settle on conditions under which Centre would vote in favour of the Enabling Act. Because of the Nazis' narrow majority in the Reichstag , Centre's support was necessary to receive the required two-thirds majority vote.
On 22 March, the negotiations concluded; Hitler promised to continue the existence of the German states, agreed not to use the new grant of power to change the constitution, and promised to retain Zentrum members in the civil service.
Hitler also pledged to protect the Catholic confessional schools and to respect the concordats signed between the Holy See and Bavaria , Prussia and Baden Hitler also agreed to mention these promises in his speech to the Reichstag before the vote on the Enabling Act.
The ceremonial opening of the Reichstag on 21 March was held at the Garrison Church in Potsdam , a shrine of Prussianism , in the presence of many Junker landowners and representatives of the imperial military caste.
This impressive and often emotional spectacle—orchestrated by Joseph Goebbels —aimed to link Hitler's government with Germany's imperial past and portray National Socialism as a guarantor of the nation's future.
The ceremony helped convince the "old guard" Prussian military elite of Hitler's homage to their long tradition and, in turn, produced the relatively convincing view that Hitler's government had the support of Germany's traditional protector—the Army.
Such support would publicly signal a return to conservatism to curb the problems affecting the Weimar Republic, and that stability might be at hand.
In a cynical and politically adroit move, Hitler bowed in apparently respectful humility before President and Field Marshal Hindenburg.
The Reichstag convened on 23 March , and in the midday opening, Hitler made a historic speech, appearing outwardly calm and conciliatory.
Hitler presented an appealing prospect of respect towards Christianity by paying tribute to the Christian faiths as "essential elements for safeguarding the soul of the German people".
He promised to respect their rights and declared that his government's "ambition is a peaceful accord between Church and State " and that he hoped "to improve [their] friendly relations with the Holy See ".
This speech aimed especially at the future recognition by the named Holy See and therefore to the votes of the Centre Party addressing many concerns Kaas had voiced during the previous talks.
Kaas is considered to have had a hand therefore in the drafting of the speech. Hitler promised that the Act did not threaten the existence of either the Reichstag or the Reichsrat , that the authority of the President remained untouched and that the Länder would not be abolished.
During an adjournment, the other parties notably the Centre met to discuss their intentions. In the debate prior to the vote on the Enabling Act, Hitler orchestrated the full political menace of his paramilitary forces like the storm division in the streets to intimidate reluctant Reichstag deputies into approving the Enabling Act.
The Communists' 81 seats had been empty since the Reichstag Fire Decree and other lesser known procedural measures, thus excluding their anticipated "No" votes from the balloting.
At this, Hitler could no longer restrain his wrath. In his retort to Wels, Hitler abandoned earlier pretence at calm statesmanship and delivered a characteristic screaming diatribe, promising to exterminate all Communists in Germany and threatening Wels' Social Democrats as well.
He did not even want their support for the bill. The Act—formally titled the "Act for the Removal of Distress from People and Reich"—was passed by a vote of to Only the SPD had voted against the Act.
Every other member of the Reichstag , whether from the largest or the smallest party, voted in favour of the Act.
It went into effect the following day, 24 March. The passage of the Enabling Act of is widely considered to mark the end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of the Nazi era.
It empowered the cabinet to legislate without the approval of the Reichstag or the President, and to enact laws that were contrary to the constitution.
Before the March elections, Hitler had persuaded Hindenburg to promulgate the Reichstag Fire Decree using Article 48 , which empowered the government to restrict "the rights of habeas corpus [ This was intended to forestall any action against the government by the Communists.
Hitler used the provisions of the Enabling Act to pre-empt possible opposition to his dictatorship from other sources, in which he was mostly successful.
The Nazis in power brought almost all major organisations into line under Nazi control or direction, which was termed Gleichschaltung. The constitution of was never formally repealed, but the Enabling Act meant that it was a dead letter.
Those articles of the Weimar constitution which dealt with the state's relationship to various Christian churches remain part of the German Basic Law.
The reasons for the Weimar Republic's collapse are the subject of continuing debate. It may have been doomed from the beginning since even moderates disliked it and extremists on both the left and right loathed it, a situation often referred to as a "democracy without democrats".
As normal parliamentary lawmaking broke down and was replaced around by a series of emergency decrees , the decreasing popular legitimacy of the government further drove voters to extremist parties.
No single reason can explain the failure of the Weimar Republic. The most commonly asserted causes can be grouped into three categories: The Weimar Republic had some of the most serious economic problems ever experienced by any Western democracy in history.
Rampant hyperinflation , massive unemployment, and a large drop in living standards were primary factors. From to , there was a short period of economic recovery, but the Great Depression of the s led to a worldwide recession.
Germany was particularly affected because it depended heavily on American loans. In , about 2 million Germans were unemployed, which rose to around 6 million in Many blamed the Weimar Republic.
That was made apparent when political parties on both right and left wanting to disband the Republic altogether made any democratic majority in Parliament impossible.
The Weimar Republic was severely affected by the Great Depression. The economic stagnation led to increased demands on Germany to repay the debts owed to the United States.
As the Weimar Republic was very fragile in all its existence, the depression was devastating, and played a major role in the Nazi takeover.
Most Germans thought the Treaty of Versailles was a punishing and degrading document because it forced them to surrender resource-rich areas and pay massive amounts of compensation.
The punitive reparations caused consternation and resentment, but the actual economic damage resulting from the Treaty of Versailles is difficult to determine.
While the official reparations were considerable, Germany ended up paying only a fraction of them. However, the reparations damaged Germany's economy by discouraging market loans, which forced the Weimar government to finance its deficit by printing more currency, causing rampant hyperinflation.
In addition, the rapid disintegration of Germany in by the return of a disillusioned army, the rapid change from possible victory in to defeat in , and the political chaos may have caused a psychological imprint on Germans that could lead to extreme nationalism, later epitomised and exploited by Hitler.
Most historians [ who? Although some saw Hitler as a means to abolish the latter, the Republic was already unstable before any industry leaders were supporting Hitler.
Even those who supported Hitler's appointment often did not support all of Nazism and considered Hitler a temporary solution in their efforts to abolish the Republic.
Princeton historian Harold James argues that there was a clear link between economic decline and people turning to extremist politics.
It is widely believed that the constitution had several weaknesses, making the eventual establishment of a dictatorship likely, but it is unknown whether a different constitution could have prevented the rise of the Nazi party.
However, the West German constitution the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany is generally viewed as a strong response to these flaws.
Brüning's economic policy from to has been the subject of much debate. It caused many Germans to identify the Republic with cuts in social spending and extremely liberal economics.
Whether there were alternatives to this policy during the Great Depression is an open question. Paul von Hindenburg became Reichspräsident in As he was an old style monarchist conservative, he had little love lost for the Republic, [ citation needed ] but for the most part, he formally acted within the bounds of the constitution; [ citation needed ] however, he ultimately — on the advice of his son and others close to him — appointed Hitler chancellor, thereby effectively ending the Republic.
Prior to World War I, the constituent states of the German Empire were 22 smaller monarchies, three republican city-states and the Imperial territory of Alsace-Lorraine.
After the territorial losses of the Treaty of Versailles and the German Revolution of —, the remaining states continued as republics. The former Ernestine duchies continued briefly as republics before merging to form the state of Thuringia in , except for Saxe-Coburg , which became part of Bavaria.
These states were gradually de facto abolished under the Nazi regime via the Gleichschaltung process, whereby they were effectively replaced by Gaue.
However, the city-state of Lübeck was formally incorporated into Prussia in following the Greater Hamburg Act , apparently motivated by Hitler's personal dislike for the city.
Most of the remaining states were formally dissolved by the Allies at the end of World War II and ultimately reorganised into the modern states of Germany.
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