Actually, Red Baron gave a talk about Struve and the first German Republic at the Museumsgesellschaft on September 24. The preparation of the presentation was quite time-consuming explaining why my blogging recently was light. Those of my readers who like to read German find the pdf file of my talk titled, ”Hoch lebe die deutsche Republik”, here.
Following the fail of Friedrich Hecker’s march to Karlsruhe where Gustav Struve at least made it to the gates of Freiburg, both men fled to Switzerland. While Hecker emigrated to the States being fed up by the German tepidness for revolutions his mate Gustav continued his revolutionary activities preparing for a German Republic.
On September 21, 1848, Struve crossed the Swiss border and proclaimed the first German Republic in Lörrach.
|Struve and his men entering Lörrach.|
|Struve is proclaiming the first German Republic speaking from a window of the Lörrach townhall.|
|The Staufen skirmish on September 24, 1848.|
|The Struve walk, an annual tradition in Staufen.|
|Dr. Martin showing Struve's picture|
|Walking down Staufen's picturesque main street. |
On the hill in the back the ruins of the castle.
|The fleeing revolutionaries as drawn by an eyewitness.|
|Walking through the Struve Passage.|
The cannonball marked 1848 is on the left high above the window shutter.
|Stray bullet in a volume of the town archive|