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Bekanntgabe betreffend die Amnestie politisch Verurteilter - Maueranschlag

  • Einblattdruck
  • Friedrich Wilhelm IV.; Preußen; König (Autor); Deckersche Geheime Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei Berlin (Druck)
  • Berlin (Stadt)
  • 20.03.1848

Amnesty decree
of 20 March 1848 by King Frederick William IV

Like the king’s first proclamation of 19 March, on the day after the barricade battles of 18 March, this decree one day latter is another tactical move by Frederick William IV to ensure his own survival.

Frederick William IV was aware of the fate of Louis-Phillippe, the “citizen king” whom Parisians had forced to abdicate and flee, as well as Prince Metternich, the powerful Austrian chancellor who had to flee Vienna. Presumably prompted by his advisors, he makes further concessions and announces an amnesty for political prisoners. This especially benefits the Polish freedom fighters led by Ludwik Mierosławski, who were sentenced to death or lengthy terms for “high treason” and held in the new cell prison in Berlin-Moabit. Their 1846 uprising against Prussian rule in the majority Polish province of Posen had failed. Berliners cheered their triumphant march into the city centre.

Frederick William views the amnesty as a generous gesture of “forgive and forget”. This promotes the idea that those involved in the revolution are in his debt. The king wants them to have a guilty conscience.

Detailed information

Object type
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Friedrich Wilhelm IV.; Preußen; König (Autor); Deckersche Geheime Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei Berlin (Druck)
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
37 x 29 cm
Places / Cultures
Berlin (Stadt)
SSB Documents, SSB Collection Revolution of 1848-49
Exhibition Location
Exhibition & Module
SSB01 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 03 Revolution / SSB01 03 1848
Owner/Managing Institution
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Inventory Number
IV 63/2758 S

Additional Information


Gestern habe Ich bereits ausgesprochen, daß Ich in|
meinem Herzen vergeben und vergessen habe.|

              Damit aber kein Zweifel darüber bleibe, daß Ich|
mein ganzes Volk mit diesem Vergeben umfaßt, und|
weil Ich die neu anbrechende große Zukunft Unseres|
Vaterlandes nicht durch schmerzliche Rückblicke getrübt|
wissen will, verkünde Ich hiermit:|

Vergebung allen denen die wegen|
politischer- oder durch die Presse|
verübten Vergehen u. Verbrechen|
angeklagt oder verurtheilt worden|

              Mein Justiz-Minister Uhden ist beauftragt, diese meine|
Amnestie sofort in Ausführung zu bringen.|

              Berlin, den 20. März 1848.|

Friedrich Wilhelm.|

Gedruckt in der Deckerschen Geheimen Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei.

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