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Leather 1.50 German gold mark

A real "Gold mark" it is not. Real leather it is, originally intended for shoe soles. This is Notgeld or Ersatz-money, issued after the Great War during the period known as hyperinflation and was ...
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How did Hitler get off so lightly after the Beer Hall Putsch?

This is partially really almost answered within the question: The lay judges were supporters of Hitler… But the whole affair is at the same time really strange and blatantly obvious, in retrospect. ...
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Was the Weimar Republic referred to as such by contemporaries?

Was the official name of the country the Weimar Republic No. The official name was "Deutsches Reich", or "German Empire". did people (both inside the borders, and outside) at the time it existed ...
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Did Hitler brag about or downplay his war experiences in WW I in appealing to 1932 voters?

To be frank, it seems the author has no clue. [...], he didn't have friends or relatives in high places, [...] He was in the Beer Hall Putsch which was promoted by Erich Ludendorff, the former ...
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Why was the KPD mandate abandoned in 1933 Germany?

The Reichstag Fire Decree of February 28, 1933, enabled extreme measures, including incarceration without trial, for members of the KPD. In preparation for voting on the Enabling Act: The Reichstag, ...
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Did Sturmabteilung (SA) commit serious crimes before 1933?

Yes, of course. The SA was used to terrorize political opponents; they originated from right-wing paramilitary groups that were abundant in Germany after the first world war. (The peace treaty ...
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Did foreign countries respond to the Munich Putsch?

Foreign countries didn't think the Beer Hall Putsch was significant at the time. It is only significant in retrospect: we know it's important because we know that Hitler would become leader of Germany ...
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Did Hitler and Nazi officials give interviews and cooperate with the Weimar republic general press?

Assuming that with "Weimar" the question asked exclusively about pre-dictatorship Germany then for the timespan from 1919–1934 we have to observe: (October 1930) It's gonna be a clean winter. ...
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Did the Weimar governments publish revelatory WWI documents?

Possibly. There is a mention here of "a formal Reichstag commission of enquiry . . . held by the Weimar government." The commission criticized some aspects of the stab in the back theory, ...
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Nazi Germany's secret service SD was first called Ic-Dienst, what does "Ic" stand for?

I found a hit in http://www.documentarchiv.de/fs/ns_abkuerzungen.html: Ic Offizier für Feindnachrichten (English: Officer for enemy messages). There are some other websites with similar ...
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Can anyone find a picture of NSDAP & KPD Workers eating lunch together in 1932 during Berlin Transit Workers Strike?

The two sub-organisations calling for that 1932 Berlin transport strike were the NSBO (Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellenorganisation) for the Nazis and the RGO (Revolutionäre Gewerkschafts-...
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What are some examples of clauses against unifications in peace treaties?

I assume you are not interested in fairly common cases of a new country becoming independent and the old country recognising that. An example might be section 2 of the Canada Act 1982 passed by the UK ...
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Why couldn't the Weimar Republic peg their currency to another one?

Most other currencies were on the gold standard. Banknotes are typically "a promise to pay" to whomever holds it. The German banks were not flush: their books were loaded with red ink. Whence the ...
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Did Sturmabteilung (SA) commit serious crimes before 1933?

The Sturmabteilung (SA) played a key role in Hitler's 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, which was an illegal act of treason. Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for his role, but served only ...
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Why was the KPD mandate abandoned in 1933 Germany?

The whole thing was illegal top to bottom, full of lies and falsehoods. Only made to look like a series of legal procedures that followed a simulacrum of open debate. Plain to see for everyone ...
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What exactly do eyewitness testimonies say about Hitler's behavior during the Munich Putsch?

On this occasion at least, Shirer’s account is probably not far from the truth although the language is perhaps a little subjective. Unfortunately, detailed records of witnesses seem to be thin on the ...
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How strong was pacifism in interwar Germany?

War is sweet to those who have never experienced it (Pindar, fifth century BC) Pacifism was pretty strong in arts and literature. Which should not be surprising given that this is the period just ...
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Was the Weimar Republic referred to as such by contemporaries?

Q Was the Weimar Republic referred to as such by contemporaries? Yes. Some people at the time sometimes surely used this term. It probably was not that much in common place popular parlance and ...
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Nazi Germany's secret service SD was first called Ic-Dienst, what does "Ic" stand for?

There's a decent glossary of German military terms here. The 1a is the operations officer on a staff, the 1b is the supply officer and the 1c is the intelligence officer. Those terms had been in use ...
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How did different asset classes perform during the Weimar hyperinflation?

Mild inflation may often be good for stock prices, but when people cannot afford basic necessities, there may not be as much money available for speculative investment. In Wiemar Germany, stock prices ...
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Was the unemployment rate in the Nazi regime lower than the Weimar Republic?

We know that the Nazis didn't count women, Jews, and National Labour Service in the unemployment statistics, which was called 'invisible unemployment', Your 'We know' source is mistaken insofar that ...
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Conditions of Upper-Silesian-Poles minority in Weimar Republic?

First of all, it is very important to notice that the situation in both Province of Upper Silesia within Prussia/Germany and The Voivodship of Silesia within Poland was extremely tense, due to the ...
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What did people used to exchange for goods during the 1920s German hyperinflation while the official currency was not trusted

The subject is covered in the book “Dying of Money”, by Jens O. Parssons. Inflation started taking off in Germany in 1922. By the end of the inflation, near the end of 1923, prices were at least ...
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What was German GDP in 1919 in Goldmarks?

Simon Kuznets only came up with the GDP in the 1930's and he was not particularly happy with the measure he created. GDP for any time before that, therefore, is more of an estimate as economists need ...
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What was the purpose of creating the Weimar Republic?

We seem to look at two questions quite different from another: "why was the Weimar Republic founded" and "what does the author of that podcast mean with his statement"? This answer assumes that the ...
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How common were foreigners in the Weimar republic?

The number of foreigners, broken down by nationality, was recorded in the 1925 and 1933 censuses. Technically, the 1933 census falls just after the fall of the Weimar Republic, being taken in December ...
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Murder rate in the last years of Weimar Republic 1927-1933

During the Weimar Republic the society in Germany was extremly divided. So there were also quite a lot of political murders and actual firefights between right and left wingers. I think this should ...
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Did the Weimar governments publish revelatory WWI documents?

This is more than true. "The government" was to blame for this, entirely. It is "the government", as members, coalitions etc changed, but it had decisive influence on proceedings as we know it. "...
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