Photographer's Note

Offenburg is located near the Rhine between Karlsruhe and Freiburg. The French city of Strasbourg lies directly west across the Rhine. Offenburg lies at the mouth of the Kinzig river valley. The Kinzig flows out of the Black Forest and meets the Rhine near Kehl.
The city is first mentioned in historical documents dating from 1148. By 1240 Offenburg had already been declared a Free Imperial City. The city was nearly totally destroyed in the Nine Years War. In 1803 Offenburg lost its status as a free city and fell under the rulership of the Grand Duchy of Baden.

The "Offenburger Programm" which contained thirteen demands "in the name of the people of Baden" was declared at the Salmen Inn on September 12, 1847 in the run-up to the Badish Revolution during the Revolutions of 1848. This was the first democratic demand in Germany. Along with the Karlsbad Resolves, the Offenburger Programm demanded basic and human rights as well as freedom of the press and a progressive income tax structure. On March 19, 1848 the demands were confirmed by the 20,000 member Offenburg Peoples' Assembly.

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Viewed: 1963
Points: 10
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Additional Photos by Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 34 N: 191] (1419)
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