Die Feierlichkeiten anlässlich des Begräbnisses von Kurt Eisner, München 1919

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Image: The place where Kurt Eisner was shot. Munich. Corner of the promenade square, crowd before the fenced murder site, which is covered with a wreath.
Arrival of the mourning masses on the Theresienwiese. Pan people flowing to, including many soldiers, Hall of Fame with Bavaria, speaker's podium with speakers on the Theresienwiese, before that.
The associations of Penzberg and Peißenberg in their historic uniforms. In formation that took miners in Knappschaft uniforms.
The funeral procession. Munich streets with the funeral procession and crowd accompanying him. Funeral procession is led by Militätkapelle, behind civilians in frock coat and with cylinder, presumably officials, in the platoon again marching bands, individual wreath secondments, numerous soldiers without badges, probably soldier councils.
The foreign delegations. Funeral procession.
The ceremony at the cemetery. Cemetery entrance, coming of the funeral train, including riders, flag secondments.
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Persons in the Film

Eisner, Kurt

Topics

Weimarer Republik; 04 development Bundesarchiv Koblenz

Genre

Sach- und Ereignisdokument; Report

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Die Feierlichkeiten anlässlich des Begräbnisses von Kurt Eisner, München

Country of Origin:
Deutsches Reich (bis 1945)

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Year of Production:
1919

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100th Anniversary of the Assassination of Kurt Eisner (February 21, 1919)

On February 21, 1919 the Bavarian premier Kurt Eisner is assassinated in Munich in the middle of the street. The 51-year old was on his way to the state parliament to hand in his resignation, following the electoral defeat of his party, the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany. A few months earlier he had proclaimed the end of the monarchy as part of the November revolution and had declared Bavaria a free state. The assembly of the workers’, farmers’ and soldiers’ council had then elected the well-known journalist and writer to the office of head of state. His Jewish heritage and the publication of documents showing Germany’s war guilt in World War I make him the target of fierce attacks and threats. Eisner’s murderer, 22-year old former lieutenant and law student Anton Graf Arco auf Valley condemns him as a Bolshevik, Jew and traitor.

Despite the constant attacks the politician enjoys a loyal constituency. Immediately after the assassination his fellow member of the Revolutionary Workers’ Council Alois Lindner rushes to the Bavarian state parliament and shoots at the Interior Minister Erhard Auer, whom he believes to be the mastermind behind the assassination. Lindner survives badly hurt but two other people lose their lives during the pandemonium. The events of this day mark the beginning of the “second revolution” and the founding of the Council Republic, which is met by violent suppression from the Reichswehr and the Freikorps in the beginning of May. Kurt Eisner’s funeral on February 26 already turned into a mass rally and show of force of the leftist revolutionary forces. Around 100,000 people attended the funeral. In 1920 the assassin Arco is charged with murder and sentenced to death, but this sentence is later reprieved into an honourable lifelong imprisonment. After only four years his imprisonment is interrupted without probation and in 1927 he is pardoned for good.

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