Marek Masnyk, Few Remarks on Union of Minorities' Electoral Cooperation in Germany

The main trend in Weimar Republic's national policy was to consider minorities as a random element, devoided of national identity that assimilates easily but can be a threat to the integrity of German state as well. Faced with those facts, minorities were obliged to defend their rights. They had to create internal organisations. It was the main factor that caused the creation of the Union of Minorities in Germany, brought to life on 26 January 1924 in Berlin. One of the fields of cooperation between minorities was collective participation in parlamentary elections. It was treated as a way for minorities to grant themselves factual equality in German social and political life as well as get allow for their representatives to seat in state and federal boards.