ASB in the Weimar Republic

The Weimar Republic was Germany’s government from 1919 to 1933, the period after the First World War until the rise of Nazi Germany. ASB regrouped following the First World War, due to political instabilities there was a significant need for ASB paramedics. At the Spartakus-Riots (5-12 January 1919) in Berlin alone, ASB helped 850 people. During the Financial crisis at the end of the 1920’s, ASB cared for many freezing and starving families and provided food and clothing. ASB also took care of medical services at the workplace and systematically motorized the rescue service. Already in 1932 there were 1.574 ASB groups with 52.362 active helpers. In 1924, ASB President Theodor Kretzschmar, initiated the establishment of youth departments. He recommended that young people between the ages of 14 and 18 should join ASB.