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CLIP 2438

Weimar Germany, 1919-29 - problems and solutions

Weimar Germany, 1919-29 - problems and solutions
Key Info
  • Weimar Germany, 1919-29 - problems and solutions
  • Duration: 03:06
  • The footage includes a 1919 cartoon expressing German antipathy to reparations, and the reasons for - and the brutal consequences of - the French and Belgian invasion of the Ruhr. Various solutions to hyperinflation are featured, including negotiated reduction in reparations payments and loans from the USA under the Dawes Plan. The resulting economic boom and the new freedom in culture included design, film, theatre and music, and from 1924-29 extremist groups lost some of their appeal. However, when the good times went away Hitler exploited the new discontent and the Republic was doomed.
  • Credits: ITN Source, British Pathe/ ITN Source, ITN Source/ Reuters, Abamedia LP
  • Subject:



    Weimar and Nazi Germany

  • Keywords: Reparations, Invasion of the Ruhr, Ebert, Stresemann, Hyperinflation, Hitler, Weimar Republic, Dawes Plan
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students to analyse the cartoon - how representative is it of German views of reparations? Consider the different strategies used by Ebert and Stresemann to deal with consequences of reparations. Focus on what attracts people to the support of extremist parties.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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