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Diary entry of a German in the 1920s.

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Christy Phelps 10R My name is Greta Weber and I live in Berlin. I have two children and my husband is a redundant factory worker. When Gustav Stresemann was elected to the Reichstag my life improved dramatically. After late 1923 the Weimar republic seemed relatively quiet and it seemed that hyperinflation had all but disappeared. Stresemann made a petition called the 'Gustav Stresemann' petition and organised a government called 'The Great Collation of Parties' against communists and fascist. Then a man named Charles Dawes arranged a loan to Germany of eight-hundred million marks and called in all the old currency and had it burnt. ...read more.


The economic depression meant that factories shut down so it was hard for us to buy basic items and we became a lot poorer. This compounded the problem as it meant that because we were buying less and less items, even more factories were forced to shut down and more workers were made redundant. Germany was hit the hardest during the depression and America which was in its own depression, cut its loans to Germany and left us almost bankrupt. Now the parties of 'stability' in Germany lost credibility so support grew for ideas that offered radical solutions. ...read more.


However, watching the Nazi followers expand and hearing their new ideas to support the middle class prompted me to rethink and after my husband lost his job, I convinced him to support them instead. Hitler has an empowering solution to Germany's problems; blame the communists and the Jews for the depression. Although I don't agree with all of Hitler's ideas, especially the forcefully aggressive behaviour against the Communists and the Jews, something must be done. My parents, friends and family are now all unemployed and my father has recently had to shut down his business. They are all turning to the Nazis for help. We hope that voting for Hitler will help to end the depression so my family and I can go back to our once easy lives. ...read more.

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