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Chapter XVI



People of Germany! Yesterday, March 17th, Reichspraesident Friedrich Ebert surrendered himself to authorities in Berlin to face charges of treason stemming from his role in the events of November, 1918. A public trial will follow shortly. In the interests of the Fatherland, Herr Ebert has dissolved the Reichstag, called for new elections, and resigned his presidency. New elections shall be held Sunday, May Second. Heil Hitler!


Halstead sipped his still-steaming coffee as he continued to peruse the front page of a local newspaper which, along with all the others in Germany, had been kind enough to print the notice of Ebert’s “arrest” issued by the Prussian government, an arrest carried out by Prussian police under the command of Göring, who had been named Minister of the Interior of Prussia by that state’s government late Tuesday evening after all of the Prussian ministers had been re-arrested by Ehrhardt Brigade members, and after Ebert had been “escorted” to Berlin by men under Göring’s command.

The newspaper had been kind enough to print the arrest announcement without any commentary, as it had been directed by one of the hundreds of Darbeitpartei “media officers” whose powers had been granted by the recent decree “for the Protection of the People and the State.” This decree, which was perfectly legal under Article Forty-Eight of the Weimar constitution, was signed by President Ebert just after his arrest, and suspended the seven sections of that same constitution which guaranteed individual and civil liberties. This decree had been reprinted at the top of the second page, after its description as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state”:





































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