The Spartacists were supporters of the Kasier
The Spartacists were communists
The leader of the Spartacists was Friedrich Ebert
The Spartacists wanted the German Revolution to go further ...they wanted Soviets (councils) of workers and soldiers to Govern the country.
When did the Spartacists carry out their Uprising?
The Uprising began with a demonstration of 100,000 workers in Berlin
Which of the following is true...(select all that apply)
Rosa Luxembourg &Karl Liebknecht ‘took control’ of the workers’ demonstration
The workers were unarmed
They seized control of the Reichstag
Some demonstrators returned home frustrated by a lack of leadership
Friedrich Ebert called on the support of the Freikorp
Over 100 workers were killed
Rosa Luxembourg & Karl Liebknecht were arrested and then murdered by the Freikorps
The failed uprising caused a rift between the communists and the Social Democrats.
The Spartacist Uprising was quite probably doomed to failure from the start. They lacked military training and equipment, were a coalition of groups with differing visions for the future of Germany and had no clear chain of command. Against the German army and the Freikorps there was probably little doubt of the outcome.
What else was going on at the time of the Spartacist Uprising?
A new constitution was being drawn up
The Kaiser had recently abdicated
Naval bases were under the control of councils of sailors
The outcome of the uprising showed that there was no widespread support for communism.
A Freikorps soldier named Otto Runge was sentenced in May to two years in jail for killing Luxemburg. He was afterwards awarded compensation by the Nazis.