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Fatal flaw

In the past Weimar became known as centre for culture, famous for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried von Herder and Friedrich von Schiller. After the end of the Great War a new constitution for the German Reich (Weimar Republic) was drafted in 1919 in the city. Weimar was chosen because of its central location within the country and because Berlin was unsafe at the time because of public disorder. This was the first time that Germany had been a democracy and over the next few years it had its ups and downs. Unfortunately the new constitution contained a fatal flaw, Article 48, which allowed the Chancellor to rule for short periods with complete autonomy during times of emergency. Soon after Adolf Hitler came to power the Riechstag was set on fire. Because of the fire Adolf Hitler invoked Article 48 allowing him rule by decree. Within a short space of time democracy ended altogether in Germany and Adolf Hitler became dictator.

  • Last visit to Weimar: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Alan, Excellent coverage on the Buchenwald cnncentration camp. I felt sad just reading about it, heavens knows how you felt being in the actual camp and seeing it first hand!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Hi Alan, thanks for your interesting tips on Weimar and Buchenwald. I have been to Weimar several times on business over the years, but have never seen any of the sights and never even had time to see an opera there.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    I would revisit Weimar with pleasure...Nice memories!~

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    Great tip about Weimar's park on the Ilm. Great photo you took of the statue of William Shakespeare there!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    It has a lot of tradition and culture here, and you found a lot of it to present to us. Good job of pictures and comments.

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    We visited Weimar two weeks ago but didn't go to Buchenwald. Your tips are very informative and interesting.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    Never been there myself. Really should go one day!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Alan, I am just back from Weimar and I really liked the town. We didn't make it to Buchenwald, but also found the Soviet Cemetery, which is a very interesting sight.

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Interesting to read your Buchenwald tips. They are very well done. But it would similarly be nice to read some more about Weimar's role as the "classic" town... Golo

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2008 at 3:32 AM

    Didn´t know that Buchenwald was near Weimar. Thanks for the introduction!


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