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1919 Revolution in Germany

The Political Crisis in Post-War Germany (Current Opinion Magazine, 1919)

The CURRENT OPINION foreign correspondent filed this short dispatch about the pandemonium unfolding in post-World War I Germany:

"The great fact to the outside world is that a German parliament has actually precipitated a crisis. It threw out the Scheidemann cabinet. It presided over the birth of a Bauer one. It was the German parliament which dictated to the government regarding its composition, instead of meekly obeying the government, as had been the custom..."

 

German Post-War Thinking (American Legion Weekly, 1922)

"Thus any traveler in Germany feels that the future grows darker and darker for both Germany and Europe. There is no doubt that the German people have learned little from their war experiences and that it would require only a spark to set them off in another wild rush down through Europe behind Russian guns. It is a dismal prospect, and it is a terrible one, for it would mean, in the final analysis, the utter destruction of European civilization."

 

''Deutschland Unter Alles'' (Current Opinion Magazine, 1921)

This is a brief editorial from 1921 that pointed out how amazing and promising pre-war Germany once was and then remarks how far off the mark the nation had fallen since the war ended:

Her empire dismantled.
Occupied by alien armies.
Worthless currency.
Widespread despair.

Click here to read about Anti-Semitism in W.W. I Germany.

Click here to read what the Kaiser thought of Adolf Hitler.

You might also want to read about the inflated currency of post W.W. I Germany.

 

Over 15,000 Suicides in 1928 Germany (Pathfinder Magazine, 1931)

A short notice compiled from figures collected at the end of 1928 showed that Germany was the all-time global-champion when it came to suicide:

"In that year 16,036 persons in Germany committed suicide. This is an average of 44 a day or 39 for each 100,000 persons in the country..."

 

Germany on the Eve of Hitler (New Outlook Magazine, 1933)

This first half of this article succinctly summarizes the German political experience that took place between 1919 through 1933; the second half anticipated a new, "stable" beginning for Germany. The German correspondent seemed not be bothered at all about the incoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

 

Rampant Inflation in Post-War Germany (Click Magazine, 1944)

Author and radio commentator Emil Ludwig (1881 1948) recalled the economic catastrophe that devastated post-World War I Germany as a result of their inflated currency:

"Inflation in Germany really started on the first day of the war in 1914 when the government voted a credit of five billion marks. This was not a loan...I saw the mark, the German monetary unit corresponding to the British shilling or the American quarter, tumble down and down until you paid as much for a loaf of bread as you would have paid for a limousine before inflation started."

 


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