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The revolution of 1918, triggered by the Sailor’s Rebellion in Kiel, is a once-in-a-century event. Molded by the goals of anti-militarism, it ends World War I and forces the Emperor’s abdication. The Emperor’s downfall makes it possible to enforce women’s voting rights, the eight-hour workday and the establishment of works councils.

Leipzig is not only a trade-fair town and commercial center. It is also a city of industry and crafts. The workers of Leipzig shape its culture and the city’s appearance. They make Leipzig the cradle of German Social Democracy.

The exhibition questions the contrast between everyday life and revolution. Notwithstanding the revolution, Leipzig’s daily life proceeds as normal. As in the past, people go to work, celebrate events and engage in politics. However, along with the revolution, turbulent times begin for the young republic.