Translation of Kurt Eisner's Proclamation

7 November 1918


Comrades of the Volk

In order to rebuild after years of destruction, the Volk has taken power from the civil and military authorities and has taken over the Government. The Republic of Bavaria is hereby proclaimed.

Supreme power rests with the Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Soviets [Räte=Councils] elected by the people and installed provisionally until final popular representation has been constituted.

The Soviets [Räte] have legislative power.

The entire [Bavarian military] garrison has placed its serivces at the disposal of the Republican Government. The High Command of the Police Forces are subject to our orders.

The dynasty of the Wittelsbachs is deposed. Long live the Republic.

For the Workers' and Soldiers' Soviet: Kurt Eisner