Weimar Germany Timeline

  • German Revolution of 1918 and Kaiser Wilhelm II resigns

    German Revolution of 1918 and Kaiser Wilhelm II resigns
    This is an American newspaper and represents the successful view of the entente powers following the German revolution leading to the abdication. This marked the first sign of progression toward a democratic system of government in Germany following WWI.
  • Ebert-Groener Pact

    Ebert-Groener Pact
    This image was selected as it is a photo of Friedrich Ebert. Ebert was the Chancellor at the time of this pact that ensures the German military would protect the then provisional government against any attempts to overthrow it.
  • Armistice ending WWI

    Armistice ending WWI
    This is a newspaper article out of Cincinnati, Ohio following the German armistice ending WWI. The phrase "War Over" show that it was really just the German threat the kept the Entente powers in the war for so long, and the phrase "Wilhelm Flees" shows that the opposing powers viewed the WWI German Government through the lens of a coward.
  • Spartacist Revolt

    Spartacist Revolt
    This image was selected as it is a photograph of the Spartacist Revolt itself. The rebellion was eventually put down by the military and far right ex military groups known as Freikorps.
  • (Red) Ruhr Uprising

    (Red) Ruhr Uprising
    This is an image of a German soldier facing encountering a civilian taking part in the Ruhr Uprising. This was selected because it displays the clear divide between leftist working-class citizens and the state body/big corporations during this era in Weimar's history.
  • Bavarian Soviet Republic

    Bavarian Soviet Republic
    This image was selected as it is a map of the area taken into the Bavarian Soviet Republic. This government was eventually defeated by the freikorps and reunited with the Weimar Republic.
  • Treaty of Versailles and the results for Germany

    Treaty of Versailles and the results for Germany
    This is an American political cartoon that suggests Germany was crushed by the imposed reparations of the Treaty of Versailles. This was chosen because it highlights the detrimental effects that reparations had on the German economy and the formation of the Weimar.
  • Formation of Weimar Republic/Constitution

    Formation of Weimar Republic/Constitution
    This image was selected as it is a photo of the first Reichstag. The Reichstag was the legislative sector of the German government, and was elected through proportional representation.
  • Kapp Putsch

    Kapp Putsch
    This is an image of a crowd marching through the streets of Germany during the Kapp Putsch attempted coup. This picture was chosen due to the flag raised by the group because the flag exemplifies similarities with the flag used by the Nazi party in the 1930s.
  • Rapallo Treaty

    Rapallo Treaty
    This is an image of the conference where the terms of the Treaty of Rapallo were agreed upon. This picture was chosen because it underscores the importance of the treaty for both nations as there are many individuals present to represent either Germany or the Soviet Union.
  • Weimar Golden Age

    Weimar Golden Age
    I chose this photo as it shows the cultural/social development during the golden age both through the intricacy of the art in the image as well the interactions of various people (both males and females) in the picture
  • Occupation of the Ruhr by France and Belgium

    Occupation of the Ruhr by France and Belgium
    This is an image of individuals marching in Germany to protest the Occupation of the Ruhr region. This was selected as it conveys that German citizens were displeased with this military intervention by Belgium and France due to the negative effects inflicted on the Germany economy.
  • Hyperinflation Crisis

    Hyperinflation Crisis
    This is a graphical representation of the detrimental effects the Hyperinflation Crisis had on the German Economy. This was picked because it displays that the German Marks were practically worthless at the height of the crisis, especially in comparison to the US dollar in the same period.
  • Beer Hall Putsch

    Beer Hall Putsch
    This image demonstrates the main leaders of the putsch with Hitler in the middle, which demonstrates how the fascist party already had power in 1923, which helped in the future allow Hitler to take over
  • Introduction of Rentenmark

    Introduction of Rentenmark
    This image contrasts Rentenmark to the prior issues of inflation, and was chosen because this contrast shows the significant impact the new currency had on the German economy
  • Dawes Plan

    Dawes Plan
    This picture was chosen as it shows both the positive and negative effects of the plan: gave the Germany people money but also caused them to be dependent off other nations
  • Election of President von Hindenburg

    Election of President von Hindenburg
    I chose the picture because it visualizes von Hindenburg as a privileged man that had a lot of different hopes for Germany as is seen with the papers on his desk.
  • Locarno Treaty

    Locarno Treaty
    This picture was chosen because it demonstrates the various number of countries that were able to achieve temporary peace through this agreement: shows significance.
  • Treaty of Berlin with Soviet Union

    Treaty of Berlin with Soviet Union
    This image shows Germany and the Soviet Union signing The Treaty of Berlin, or the German-Soviet Neutrality and Nonaggression Pact. It was a mutual agreement of neutrality if either party was attacked by a third party for a following 5 years.
  • German Entrance into the League of Nations

    German Entrance into the League of Nations
    This picture shows the signing of Locarno treaty, which allowed for Germany's entrance into the LoN. Germany had been rejected membership of LoN many times, but Stresemann's help and the Locarno treaty allowed Germany's entrance, sovereignty, and fair representation under international rules.
  • Grand Coalition of Weimar Germany

    Grand Coalition of Weimar Germany
    The Grand Coalition was the joining of the SPD, Zentrum, DDP, BVP, and the DVP. Under Chancellor Mueller, the GC was the last democratic version of Weimar Germany until it fell during the Great Depression. The picture portrays all the leaders of each political party.
  • Young Plan

    Young Plan
    The Young Plan was an agreement which aimed to ease Germany's financial burdens through reducing the financial strains and extending the repayment schedule. The picture is Owen Young, an American industrialist and diplomat responsible for the Young Plan.
  • Beginning of the Great Depression

    Beginning of the Great Depression
    The Great Depression was a severe economic crisis that lasted throughout the 1930s. It consisted of high unemployment, a financial crisis, and a halt to global trade. The picture shows the hyperinflation of Reichsmark, causing Germany's currency to significantly lose value.
  • Von Papen's deal with Hitler

    Von Papen's deal with Hitler
    Franz von Papen agreed with Hitler to convince Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor as long as von Papen still had political control. He did this as a revenge against Chancellor Schiecher, who ousted him from his position. The picture shows Papen scheming with Hitler.
  • Hitler Becomes Chancellor

    Hitler Becomes Chancellor
    Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany after he was appointed by Hindenburg. This marked a turning point for Germans, which paved the way for the Nazi regime and Hitler's dictatorial rule.