Firing orders in Lichtenberg

the violent end to the Revolution of 1918/19 in Berlin

Lichtenberg Museum at the Stadthaus

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Museum Lichtenberg
19.01.2019 16:00

The street battles of Lichtenberg in March 1919 have almost completely escaped public memory. At the time not yet incorporated in the city of Berlin, Lichtenberg set the stage for the last violent conflict of the revolution that began in November 1918. Starting in the center of Berlin, violence soon spread beyond the city limits. The situation quickly escalated, as attacks on police stations and acts of
looting were quickly countered by government-backed troops taking up attacking positions. After 60
public officials were erroneously pronounced dead at the police station on Alfredstraße, Minister of Defence Gustav Noske gave the unlawful order to fire. In reality, all but one of the officials had been
released after being disarmed. Especially in Lichtenberg, revolutionaries and civilians alike were
indiscriminately arrested and mistreated by government forces. 13 of them were summarily
executed against the wall of a local cemetery on Möllendorffstraße. Paramilitary troops („Freikorps“)
advanced and fired on residential areas with heavy artillery. When the last revolutionaries dispersed
on March 12th, the November Revolution was over. Military force had become a political instrument
and paved the way for violent government reaction to politically motivated uprisings in the future.

Lichtenberg Museum at the Stadthaus
Türrschmidtstraße 24
10317 Berlin

+49 (30) 57 79 73 88 11
Booking Telephone
+49 (30) 57 79 73 88-17
Tuesday - Friday
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
Free entrance
Booking Telephone
+49 (30) 57 79 73 88-17


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