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Berliner Volksblatt (Berlin People's Gazette) (9. November 1918)
3rd special edition, Saturday, November 9th 1918

Vorwärts (1)

Berliner Volksblatt (Berlin People's Gazette)

Central publication of the Social Democratic Party of Germany


Workers, 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); the term 
'Reich' was continued in use even after the abdication of the Kaiser.

Dokument in deutscher Sprache

Source: RUMS 47, p.17; posted on psm-data geschichte with permission; Translator: A. Ganse