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  • 1919


Whoever undertakes actions against the present government or encourages such actions,

whoever robs, plunders or steals

will, according to the as

yet unpublished conditions of the present state of siege

be shot.

Early in February 1919, Kurt Eisner, the self-proclaimed leader of Bavaria's Soviet Republic, was assassinated by a deranged young nobleman, and in reprisal a number of conservatives deputies were killed while meeting in the Bavarian parliament. Fearing the outbreak of civil war, Ernst Niekisch, who had assumed control, then issued this threatening proclamation. It was to be the turning point, as more and more Bavarians turned away from the Soviet experiment and gave support to growing para-military organizations who were determined to overthrow the radical government.

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