GERMANY: Constitution Day

From February through August, 1919, some four hundred Germans met day after day, in the Theatre at Weimar, Thuringia. They, the National Assembly, dared not foregather in Berlin for fear of mob violence. Fear-spurred, they hastily elected Frederick Ebert first President of the Republic. Deliberate, prudent, they spent six months in evolving the Republican Constitution, consecrated the day of its formal promulgation as a national holiday to be celebrated pompfully each year.

Last week this "German Fourth of July" offered occasion for much singing of Deutschland Ueber Alles, many shouted "Hochs!"...

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