'The inner structure of German civilization, of social life, appears little altered. And even so, not for the better. The nation believes that the achievements of the Revolution are simply negative in character, that in the place of one form of military and bureaucratic government by individuals another has been introduced, and that the principles of government do not differ essentially from those of the old regime . . . I believe that the verdict of history upon both the National Assembly and ourselves will be severe and bitter.'
-- WISSEL, Socialist Minister of Economy, June 1919