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The impact of the treaty of Versailles on Germany

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The impact of the treaty of Versailles on Germany? Dear Henry, Have a happy New Year! How are you? Hope your well. Sorry that I haven't written for a long time, but with the war and everything else that has been going on here in Germany I've been quite busy. I suppose you have seen the terms of the treaty of Versailles? It's outrageous!!! What do you think? I can't believe how harsh they are! The worst thing is that we accepted the blame for starting the war (clause 231) so now we have to except all the punishment. The treaty is causing many problems for people in Germany. It forces us to pay reparations to the allies; the bill is set at �6600 million and has to be paid in annual instalments. ...read more.


I particularly hate the French they just want to cripple our country, they don't think about all they people in Germany who have done nothing at all. I know that France was destroyed and they want to rebuild it but Germany was also destroyed and we want to rebuild our country too!!! After the French came and took goods from the Ruhr our government ordered us to all go on strike and stop working. That way there would be nothing for the French to take away. That didn't turn out well at all! The French reacted harshly, killing over 100 workers and expelling over 100,000 protesters from the region. More importantly, the halt in industrial production meant that our country had no goods to trade, and no money to buy things with. ...read more.


Now I know what you must be thinking, that I must be very rich if I have to carry my wages home in a wheelbarrow. However, that is not the case- although I can dream! The reason I carry my wages home in a wheelbarrow is because of Hyperinflation. Wages are now paid daily instead of weekly and the price of bread can be up too 2 million marks! Infact the price of goods can rise between joining the back of a queue in a shop and reaching the front! Money loses half of it's value in twelve hours. Now I can only just afford to buy my family food. I've had to sell my possessions to raise money. I suppose I'm lucky some people have died from starvation as they can not afford food. I just hope that things improve for us all in the New Year. Best wishes from me and my family Natalie Watkin ...read more.

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