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|Reich Minister of the Interior
13 February 1919 – 20 June 1919
|Preceded by||Friedrich Ebert (Council of the People's Deputies)|
|Succeeded by||Eduard David|
28 October 1860|
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died||9 October 1925
Berlin, Weimar Republic
|Political party||German Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Berlin,
University of Heidelberg
Preuß is often regarded as the father of the German constitution of the Weimar Republic (1919). However, his idea was more of a skeletal structure and not a word for word democratic plan. In many cases, his idea for the Weimar Constitution was skewed by articles used by President Paul von Hindenburg, such as Article 48. During the early months of the formation of the German republic, Preuss opposed vehemently the Triple Entente prohibition of the incorporation of German Austria into Germany as a contradiction of the Wilsonian principle of self-determination of peoples.
Preuß was the state secretary of home affairs during the revolutionary cabinet of 1918 and 1919. His ideas about the constitution were influenced by the French social scientist Robert Redslob. In 1919 he became Minister of the Interior.
Due to Preuß's Jewish heritage, the Nazi Party used this as a major attack on the Weimar Republic to say that it was authored by a Jew, and inherently "un-German". He is mentioned by name in the 1940 Nazi propaganda film Der Ewige Jude produced by Fritz Hippler.
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