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As the succession organization of the "Freikorpsbrigade" (Free corps brigade) which was scattered after the Kapp coup, Hermann Ehrhardt founded the right-wing Organization Consul in 1920 in Munich. It was named after Ehrhardt's pseudonym. One of the group's first victims was the former Minister of Finance of the German Empire and the signer of the odious Versailles agreement, Matthias Erzberger. He died of the corollaries of the attack by Consul members on August 26, 1921. Thereupon, German Empire's president Friedrich Ebert enacted a rescription "for the shelter of people and state". Although the organization can be considered as broken-up since the detection of its Munich headquarters and the arrest of some leading members at the end of 1921, it continued to murder. On June 4, 1922, the non-deadly hydrocyanic acid attempt on republic-announcer Philipp Scheidemann followed as well as the killing of Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau on June 24, 1922, in Berlin. Those 20 members who were convicted of organized crime in 1924 received short arrests, but they were amnestied a short time later. Again as a succession organization of Consul the Viking Union established itself as a forum where former Consul members met since 1923. In subsequence of its prohibition, the extremists encountered again, this time in the 1918-founded "Stahlhelm" (Steel Helmet).
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