In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2013. Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, pp. 281-298.
Research into the history of the Bavarian Soviet Republic in April 1919 is usually limited to Munich. Instead, this article analyzes the course of the events in the district town of Starnberg, which differs from what happened in the Bavarian capital. Here the capitals decrees were of minor importance as, notably, there was a single communist in Starnberg. Consequently, representatives of the SPD and USPD were able to unite and realize their own ideas of socialism, to some extent at least. The main dividing line over revolution »from below« was not the dispute not between left and right but, rather, between the new and old organs of the Bavarian Soviet republic and the members of the old administrative bureaucracy. This difference was bridged by common opposition to the attempts of the »Bolshevization« of Starnberg from the outside, especially by the Red Army. The reconstruction of events is based on criminal records of the leaders of the »Starnberg Council Republic« and reports from the local press. It proves that the established image of the German Revolution 1918/1919 has to be supplemented by micro-historical studies in essential points.