South Baden rebelled in vain – district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald

70 years ago, the Freiburg region also voted against the merger of Baden-Württemberg – without success.

70 years ago today, on December 9, 1951, the citizens of what is now Baden-Württemberg, who were then entitled to vote, laid the groundwork for the state to grow together in a referendum. The majority of the people from southern Baden did not agree: with a total of around 62 percent, they clearly voted against the merger with northern Baden, northern Württemberg and southern Württemberg-Hohenzollern.

. It didn’t help: the voting rules set out beforehand provided for a clear vote in favor of the new south-western state with three “Pros” and one “Contra”. And the three “pros” were clear: North Württemberg voted with 93.5 percent, South Württemberg-Hohenzollern with 91.4 percent and North Baden with 57.1 percent for a south-western state. In the overall result, that was a good two thirds of the votes (69.7 percent). However, adding up North and South Baden resulted in a majority of around 52 percent for the …


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