Political Assasinations During the Weimar Republic
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Political assassinations during the Weimar Republic:
Until 1922 ring-wing extremists committed 354 politically motivated murders.
The judiciary, part of the old elites - mostly nationalist prosecutors and judges from the imperial era - were more than lenient with the perpetrators, who in many cases belonged to the 'Organization Consul'. Thus, the murders, which had an anti-democratic and anti-Semitic background, often went unpunished.
The victims were left-wing politicians and intellectuals, as well as leading politicians of the Weimar Republic, such as Finance Minister Matthias Erzberger and Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau.
1919 Karl Liebknecht - KPD
1919 Rosa Luxemburg - KPD
1919 Kurt Eisner - first Bavarian Prime Minister
1919 Leo Jogiches - KPD
1919 Gustav Landauer - Pazifist and People's Deputy for Culture
1921 Matthias Erzberger - Center Party, Minister of Finance
1922 Walther Rathenau - DDP, Foreign Minister
1922 Philipp Scheidemann
1922 Maximilian Harden - journalist