The Weimar Republic Personalities

Like the primary source documents on this website, this section offers only a sampling of key figures from Weimar Germany. The group represents a wide spectrum of political and social perspectives. Click on any of the names below to begin an exploration of the individuals whose choices and actions helped shape the course of events.

George Grosz was a "German American expressionist painter and illustrator. Born in Berlin, he studied art at the Royal Academy, Dresden, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, and the Academie Colarossi, Paris, and served in the army in World War I (1914-1918)."

During the Weimar years, Stresemann became the leader of the German People’s Party . Stresemann struggled to maintain party support for the Republic despite the anti-democratic forces within the German People's Party.

Learn about regional Nazi party leader Julius Streicher.

Käthe Kollwitz was an exceptional artist who was a champion of the poor and those who struggled in society. Born in East Prussia in 1867, Kollwitz came from a middle class family. Her father was, in spite of his class, a socialist, and her grandfather was a protestant minister who had been expelled from his church for his independent views. At the age of fourteen, she was encouraged by her father to begin studying art, and she went on to study in Munich and Berlin. At twenty-three she married Karl Kollwitz, a young doctor who ran a clinic in a Berlin working-class district.

Introduce your students to the life and work of German satirist Kurt Tucholsky, which was active during the Weimar era.


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