A public vote on expropriating the big landlords offers Berliners a chance to push down soaring rents.
Ralf Hoffrogge is a historian and editor of the journal Arbeit–Bewegung–Geschichte. His recent publications include A Jewish Communist in Weimar Germany: The Life of Werner Scholem (1895–1940) and Working-Class Politics in the German Revolution: Richard Müller, the Revolutionary Shop Stewards and the Origins of the Council Movement.
The decisive battles of the German Revolution ended in March 1919 with the bloody crushing of the workers’ uprising. Why did it meet such a fate?
German socialists knew the craze for schnapps was a plague on working-class life. They fought it by building their organizations around beer.