Ulrich Breitbach

Ulrich Breitbach studied History, worked as journalist and author, today works as council adviser at MAN Diesel & Turbo, a mechanical engineering company at Ruhr industrial region, member of IG Metall (german metal-workers union).

Articles

13.05.2014
Internationalismus oder „deutsche Arbeit“ Die freien Gewerkschaften und der 1. Weltkrieg

Am Abend des 1. August 1914 – die Sirenen der Kruppschen Fabrik haben gerade den Schichtwechsel angezeigt – macht unter der Bevölkerung Essens die Nachricht von der Anordnung der Mobilmachung die Runde. Schon eine Viertelstunde später werden in der Krupp-Verwaltung die ersten Einberufenen abgefertigt. Vor dem Essener Bahnhof sammelt sich wie bereits am Tag zuvor eine Menschenmenge. Man singt patriotische Lieder.

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13.05.2014
Internationalism or ‘German jobs’: the German Free Trade Unions and WWI

How can we explain the shift in the prevailing attitude among the leadership of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Free Trade Unions at the beginning of World War I? In the space of a few days, a position of fervent opposition was replaced by patriotic support for the government’s military ambitions, and the reasons behind this change remain the subject of debate.

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