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THREAT 1 :
THE SPARTACIST
RISING,
1919
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Who?
The Spartacist League.
· A communist group set up by Rosa Luxemburg
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Why?
They did not trust the new government.
The Spartacists thought that Ebert would not
improve the lives of working people.
They wanted a full scale Communist revolution
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What?
In January 1919 workers were protesting
throughout Germany.
The Spartacists tried to turn this into a
revolution.
In Berlin they took over the government's
newspaper and telegraph headquarters.
They hoped protestors would join them and
take over other buildings, but this did not
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What?
The government ordered the army to stop the
uprising.
The army was helped by units of the Freikorps.
These units were made up of ex-soldiers who
were anti-Communist.
In the fighting that followed over 100 workers
were killed.…read more

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