Hidden between Haspelgasse and Untere Straße nestles Friedrich Ebert memorial, a museum dedicated to the first democratically elected head of state Germany ever had. A great, free museum situated at the place where Ebert himself grew up before he took to the road as a young saddler. An amazing journey that eventually lead him to the top of the social democratic movement, the 1918 revolution and the Weimar republic.

There’s a very fascinating exhibition on at the moment. At the hands of caricatures, it shows how the young republic and its representatives were ridiculed, even despised from both sides of the political spectrum. Exactly 90 years ago today, Ebert (as president!) had to call for a national strike to fight a right-wing army rebellion. For the time being, the republic prevailed. But the “democracy without democrats” was bound to fail nevertheless.


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