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Berliner Volksblatt (Berlin People's Gazette) (9. November 1918)
special edition, Saturday, November 9th 1918
Volksblatt (Berlin People's Gazette)
publication of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Soldiers, Fellow Citizens
The Free People's State is here !
Kaiser and crown prince have andicated !
Fritz Ebert (2), the president of the Social Democratic
Party, has been appointed chancellor, and he forms new governments in the Reich (3)
as well as in Prussia, composed of men who enjoy the trust of the working people
in the cities and on the countryside, of workers and soldiers. So public
administration has been handed over to the people. A National Assembly will meet
soon to discuss the new constitution.
Workers, soldiers, citizens ! The victory of the people has been achieved, it
may not be dishonoured or endangered by rashness. The economy and traffic have
to be allowed to continue uninterrupted, in order to secure the popular
government under all circumstances.
Follow all instructions of the new people's government and of their officials.
It acts in closest cooperation with the workers and soldiers.
The German Republic shall thrive !
The Executive Board of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
The Workers' and Soldiers' Council.
(1) the title of the magazine translates to 'forward'
(2) Fritz is the short form for 'Friedrich'
(3) Reich (Empire) stands for Deutsches Reich (German Empire);
'Reich' was continued in use even after the abdication of the Kaiser.
Dokument in deutscher Sprache
47, p.17; posted on psm-data geschichte with permission;
Translator: A. Ganse|