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.


Maximilian Harden, whose original last name was Witkowski, was an actor and also the writer and editor of Die Zukunft, a political, cultural, and theatrical weekly.

Ruth Fischer was a member of the creative Jewish Eisler family, which produced political activists and creative artists. She was a leader of the German Communist Party (KPD) during the 1920’s and fought battles both within the party and within the international communist movement to keep the KPD from falling under the control of Moscow.

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