In previous lessons students traced the rise of the nazi party during the years of the weimar republic in germany and they explored the political climate that led both to the nazis becoming the most popular political party in germany and to the appointment of adolf hitler as chancellor. Germany historian says weimar republic holds potent lessons for today seventy five years ago hitler came to power ending the weimar republic did germanys experiment with democracy between . The weimar republic germanys first parliamentary democracy began 100 years ago and ended with the countrys darkest era concern that history sometimes repeats itself might color the anniversary commemorations which will be nationwide they include the festival of democracy on the weimar theater square and other events in the thuringian city. The nazis came to power in germany in january 1933 and established a dictatorship ending the 12 year german experiment with democracy the weimar republic yet the police who had been charged with defending the weimar republic were integrated relatively easily into the nazi regime. Germanys first national experiment in democracy lasted exactly 14 years from january 1919 to january 1933 germany was a democratic parliamentary republic with all the national institutions characteristic of a modern state a constitution parties a parliament elections coalitions oppositions and governments
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