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Why were the Germans unwilling to support the Weimar Republic?

Why were the Germans unwilling to support the Weimar Republic?
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Key Info
  • Why were the Germans unwilling to support the Weimar Republic?
  • Duration: 01:58
  • Many personnel from the Kaiser's regime continued to hold office in the Weimar Republic and were not used in the compromise that was needed in a democracy. There was radical opposition to Weimar from the Freikorps on the Right and the Communist group known as the Spartacists on the Left. Rosa Luxemburg, a leading Spartacist, called for the overthrow of the government. In the face of street battles and the threat of Civil War in 1919, Ebert did a deal with the Freikorps and the army to overthrow the Spartacists. Rosa Luxemburg was killed and the Communists never supported the Socialists again. Economic problems rooted in Versailles started to appear at the same time.
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum, British Pathe/ ITN Source, Transit Films
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Weimar and Nazi Germany

  • Keywords: Weimar Republic, Kaiser, Communists, Spartacists, Freikorps, Ebert, Rosa Luxemburg
Ideas for use in class
  • Explore the roots of the problems between the Communists and the Socialists which were to help Hitler and the Nazis to power. Look at why Ebert, a socialist, should make deals with the extreme right, and the consequences of this.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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