The Weimar Constitution of 1919

The Weimar Constitution of 1919

The first truly democratic German constitution was the Weimar Constitution passed on 11 August 1919.
At that time, it counted as one of the most progressive constitutions of the world, providing an extensive catalogue of fundamental rights.
Regrettably, however, these rights were insufficiently protected against abrogation. Article 48, the Notverordnung (emergency decree) provision, gave the president broad powers to suspend civil liberties with an insufficient system of checks and balances. This presented an opportunity that Adolf Hitler was quick to seize once he became chancellor.

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