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General Strike in Berlin

14 March 1920
Call number: 
BG A29/739

Protesting against the decision by the German government to accept the peace treaty of Versailles, a group of soldiers under Wolfgang Kapp took control of Berlin on March 13, 1920. The trade unions called a general strike, which, after some doubt, was supported by the Ebert government. The strike paralyzed life in Berlin and contributed to the failure of the putsch. On March 17 the putsch leaders fled Berlin.