The last night of the monarchy – How the revolution and the Munich Soviet Republic brought forth Adolf Hitler

10 April 2018, 19:00
Michael Appel
Part of the series "Zur Sache..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

Michael Appel | © Sebastian Breitkreuz

Michael Appel | © Sebastian Breitkreuz

Series "Zur Sache..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

About the background

One hundred years ago: the revolution in Bavaria in 1918
On 7 November 1918 the house of Wittelsbach was brought down in Bavaria. All other German dynasties followed within a short time. Even before the republic was proclaimed on 9 November, Kurt Eisner founded the Bavarian republic as a free state. This fundamental event constitutes the starting point of the rise of National Socialism.

About the event

Appel describes the starting point of a contemporary historical drama on the basis of plastic memories and diaries of contemporaries. The book conveys the history behind the revolution, the last night of the monarchy and the decisive ensuing days, as well as the time of the Free State of Bavaria up to the assassination of Kurt Eisner, the Bavarian Soviet Republic and Hitler's first steps on the way to counter-revolution.

Moderator: Dr. Sybille Krafft, historian

Personal information

Michael Appel, Dr. phil., studied history, political science and philosophy. He works as an author and director for the public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, with a focus on the subjects of history and contemporary history.

About the series

"Zur Sache..." / "To the point..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the C.H.Beck publishing house, the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA), the publishing house Antje Kunstmann and the dtv publishing house, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

Information overview

Date10 April 2018, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 150/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
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AdmissionAdmission is free.
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