German misfortune in the 20th century

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Germany used to be top of the world in the first decade, but after world war 1 ended with Germany’s enemies winning. The German misfortune begun with the treaty of Versailles, with Germany getting all the blame, the number of soldiers reduced to 100,000, military budget was reduced, loss of land, loss of all colonies and has to pay 33 billion dollars for war reparations. (doing some calculating a 1921 dollar is 14.63 dollars in 2017.) German citizens were angry. They think that Germany shouldn’t get all the blame, because Austria Hungary ( Germany ally during the war) was attacked by Russia for attacking Serbia. They also thought the rate of soldiers and military budget cuts was unfair, as they thought if they’re being attacked by a country or a civil war occurred.

War reparations was bound to caused inflation (a increase in price level of goods) and it sure did. The treaty was supposed to cripple Germany so there won’t be another world war. But here’s the problem with the treaty. It tried to favor all sides. France wanted to have harsh conditions for Germany, Britain wanted to punish them but not in the same level as France and the U.S wanted to create the league of nations to create peace and lighter conditions. Instead of favoring one side, it went all out. All harsh (but lighter) conditions were put into the treaty, Germany wasn’t allowed to join the league of nations and Germany can’t annexed Austria. If the treaty was supposed to cripple Germany, then how come it failed? Well for starters, it could  gone three ways. France harshly punished Germany and is a second rank power. A country who may yearn for revenge and is blamed for the war. But can’t due to war reparations and France being way more powerful. Britain punish Germany but still a world power and taking Germany colonies.

Germany is holding anger but tensions are calmed after a decade. U.S barely punished Germany and isn’t blamed for the war. A Germany that doesn’t hold any anger. But the treaty of Versailles punished Germany but not enough, so Germany yearns revenge and has the potential to do so.  It’s like saying a kid in a school doing some trouble and got suspended, thinking that he will teach him. Then he’s back at school and still causing trouble.

But do you know why I rambled on the treaty of Versailles? It’s explained later, but there’s more German misfortune. Like the Great depression, now everyone suffer this during the thirties. But Germany suffered this the most due to the previous mention of war reparations. The government that replaced the old one, the Weimer Republic. Was already struggling with war reparations, now relied on the U.S with loaning money. But when the great depression started to take a hit, they already wanted their money. So what occurred next? To trying to fix it’s economy, printed out more money. This made money less valuable in Germany. So when a government is doing the worst job and the economy is in shambles. Radicalism takes the scene! Now the treaty of Versailles, it made Germans hold the bitterness and was unleashed now in the thirties. They wanted Germany to be in the top like it used to be.  They wanted to undo the treaty. They wanted revenge. Hitler promised them these things, while also giving the Jews the label of a escape hole to blame all their problems. But what he set apart from the other promises was demonizing others.

He used fears of a Germany in shambles due to communism. fears of separations, fears nationalism humiliation and fears of the great depression. This was the biggest German misfortune or possibly, the world’s misfortune. Before the war even started, changes were made so there’s no freedom of the press, any thing you said negative about the Nazis means you have a chance to go to the concentration camps. But while this is all occurring, what has happen to the Jews? Burned, poison,starving, sent to concentration camp or longer living. Said to be room for others and a final solution to the escape hole, said to be for room for others. Not often spoke about or denial of it. Often called the Holocaust. Hitler has now become dictator of Nazi Germany. With the promises of unification of the Germans. France and Britain had no problems with this, but as time go by. More suspension became more aware when the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. As most of it contain it’s native people.

Suspension broke out into war when Nazis occupied Danzig. (a city under Poland) France and Britain declare war. The Nazis invaded Poland and just in a month and with the help of the soviet union. Surrendered just in a month, Nazis declared war on many countries, and a certain trend was going on. They all surrender in just weeks. The peak was going up, as the Nazis were about to hit it. They invaded Russia, it was going well. But that peak started to dropped and there was no way of going up, only down.

Down as the failure of the battle of Moscow, down as the British invaded, down as the Italian civil war started, down as the failure of Stalingrad and down with the year 1945. The year they used children as soldiers, the continuity of denial of the holocaust,the continuity of civilians starving, murdered and suffering.  and everything they tried failed. As the Soviets enter in the German capital, Berlin. Soon, the fall of Berlin occurred. So the Nazis had to surrendered. The European war ended with a allies victory. A conference was held in Potsdam, Germany. To discuss the future of the Germans.

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