Georg Ludwig Rudolf Maercker

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Georg Ludwig Rudolf Maercker
Generalmajor Maercker 1920.jpg
Born (1865-09-21)21 September 1865
Baldenburg, Germany
Died 31 December 1924(1924-12-31) (aged 59)
Dresden, Germany
Buried Nordfriedhof, Dresden (51°04′49″N 13°46′38″E / 51.08028°N 13.77722°E / 51.08028; 13.77722Coordinates: 51°04′49″N 13°46′38″E / 51.08028°N 13.77722°E / 51.08028; 13.77722)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
Service/branch German army
Schutztruppe
Years of service 1885–1920
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 214th Division
Landjägerkorps
Awards Pour le Mérite
Spouse(s) Luise Lindner

Georg Ludwig Rudolf Maercker (21 September 1865 in Baldenburg – 31 December 1924 in Dresden) was a German General of World War I.

Following the Armistice of 1918 that saw the end of fighting and of the Bolshevik revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Union, there were many examples of disturbances throughout Germany. Maercker suggested the formation of Freikorps (Free Corps) to suppress these and a number of formations formed themselves, usually around individual army officers. After leaving the Freikorps, Maercker became active in the Stahlhelm group and was the president of the Saxony chapter.[1] In 1924, Maercker together with Theodor Duesterberg was a leader of the anti-Semitic fraction within the Stahhelm who wanted an "Aryan clause" that would ban Jews from joining the Stahlhelm and expel the current Jewish members..[2] In March 1924, Maercker and Duesterberg got their way and forced Franz Seldte to adopt the "Aryan clause" and expel all Jews from the Stahlhelm.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wette, Wolfram The Wehrmacht, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006 page 63.
  2. ^ Wette, Wolfram The Wehrmacht, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006 page 63.
  3. ^ Wette, Wolfram The Wehrmacht, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006 pages 63-64.