Lead:  The Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald was built around a clearing on the back slope of a mountain once enjoyed by Germany’s finest poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The village of Weimar in central Germany was for generations one of the great cultural centers of Europe. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was the Mecca for home numerous artists, writers and musicians. Even today Weimar draws those who value the arts and the life of the mind. In 1918, after World War I, Germany’s constitutional assembly was held in Weimar and there was founded a new republic designed to leave behind the old Empire that had foundered in hubris and war. This parliamentary republic was known as the Weimar Republic. It ended when Hitler became chancellor in 1933.


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