Celebrating 100 years of the Weimar Constitution
On the 11th of August - Free admission, guided tours and cinema at the German Historical MuseumAugust 14th, 2019
Exactly 100 years ago, on 11th of August 1919, the Weimar Constitution was signed by the Reich President Friedrich Ebert.
The Weimar Constitution enacted the universal suffrage and declared Germany to be a democratic parliamentary republic with a legislature elected under proportional representation. This constitution governed Germany between 1919 and 1933, a period called the Weimar Republic era.
Since its signature, the first German democracy had great challenges to cope with, namely the fulfillment of the Treaty of Versailles, as well as political and ideological struggles aggravated by economic crises.
Despite its weaknesses, for fourteen years the Weimar Constitution managed to defend the liberal state against radical forces and to initiate major socio-political reforms.
Starting time: 11.00