Der große Tag des deutschen Volkes

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Image: A speaker speaks out of a moving car;
People queue in front of a local; including soldiers, flyers are thrown from a truck;
crowded streets; Truck column;
Transparent: for the Government of Ebert - Scheidemann, the war on terror.
Roads are closed for the Kundgebungam 06.01.1919;
Rally outside the Reich Chancellery: Reich Minister Dr. David, Deputy Marie Juchacz (majority Socialists), Frieda of Laher, MP Lutze, Wilhelmine Kähler (majority of Socialists), Friedrich to Bagnell (USP), Reich Minister Barakat, Dr. Kahen (press Chief in the) Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Karl Herold (Christian people's Party), Reich Minister Dr. Gothein, deputies Fischer, count Posadowski-Wehner, Dernburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Prime Minister Dr. Hugo Wendorf and Prime Minister Freistaat Oldenburg Theodor reading;
The election day at the 26.01.1919 (to the Prussian National Assembly), war to the ballot box run; Soldiers come in; Changing of the guard; front of the theatre in Weimar, Ebert and Scheidemann, Erzberger, Noske, moving van as attack column in the telegraph office, Ebert with Mrs.


Weimar - erste deutsche Demokratie

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Der große Tag des deutschen Volkes

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100 Years of Women’s Suffrage at the German National Assembly (January 19, 1919)

The election of the German National Assembly takes place on January 19,1919. Following the November Revolution this election is held to form a democratically legitimate government and to provide the German Reich with a new constitution. For the first time in German history women have the right to actively and passively vote nationwide.

The provisional Council of People’s Deputies had laid the basis for it in its call „to the German people!“ right after proclaiming the republic.

Two months later more than 17 million women are called to finally claim the right they had fought for so long. More than 80% of them cast their vote, 300 run for office and receive 37 of the 423 mandates. The USPD reaches the largest share of female votes, while more than half the women delegates come from the SPD. On February 11 a large majority elects SPD party chairman Friedrich Ebert the first president of the Weimar Republic, while his party colleague Philipp Scheidemann is in charge of setting up a government. The first woman to speak at the Weimar National Assembly this day is the Social Democrat Marie Juchacz from Berlin.

In light of the fact that a large number of people are allowed to vote for the first time in the 1919 election massive information is disseminated prior to the election. The short film „Anna Müller-Lincke kandidiert“ (engl. „Anna Müller-Lincke runs for office“) by the „Reichszentrale für Heimatdienst“ promotes active voter participation and also demonstrates the election procedure with the aid of the fictitious candidates. The movie, which is named after its popular leading lady closes with the intertitle „The right to vote—is the duty to vote!!“  

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