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September 29, 2010

Fox News reports that Germany is celebrating the end of World War I

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:01 pm

Fox News is my favorite TV news channel and Megan Kelly is one of my favorite Fox reporters.  Today I was startled to hear Trace Gallagher, another Fox News reporter say, on Megan’s show, that World War I is finally over and this is cause for celebration in Germany.  He went on to say that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, and later he added that it was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month.  NO, NO, NO!  That was the Armistice that was signed on November 11, 1918 to end World War I.

According to Fox News, World War I is now over because the Germans have finally paid off the reparations that they were required to pay, after Germany TOOK THE BLAME for World War I. NO, NO, NO!  Germany did not TAKE the blame.  This clause of the Treaty of Versailles was forced upon the Germans after the British blockaded German ports to starve the Germans into submission.  

Fox News then reported that the original amount of reparations was 226 billion, but this was later reduced to 132 billion.  It was mentioned that, in 1928, Hitler proposed that Germany should refuse to continue paying the reparations and it was even explained that Hitler did not pay reparations after he came to power in 1933 because Germany was broke.  You can hear the Fox News report here.

What was not explained by Fox News is that the reparations money was paid to American bankers who had financed the war for the British and the French, and the bankers insisted on being paid in gold.  Germany had sent all of its gold to these American bankers by 1933 and was then forced to issue paper money that was not backed by gold.

Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919; the Treaty, which was dictated by the Allies, had provided for an indeterminate amount of money to be paid by Germany in reparations to France, Great Britain and Belgium. This was a violation of the Armistice which both sides signed to end World War I.  When Germany signed the Armistice, it specified reparations to be paid by Germany to Belgium, but no reparation payments to France or Great Britain were specified.

Great Britain and France had borrowed money from American bankers to continue the war after Germany was clearly winning the war in 1916.  If not for these loans, Germany would have won World War I. This was one of the reasons that Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany’s loss of World War I, since the bankers, who made the loans, were Jewish.

World War I had been fought on French and Belgian territory, causing a lot of destruction, whereas Germany, except for East Prussia, was never invaded and remained almost completely untouched during the war. The amount necessary to pay for the war damage suffered by the Allies was finally settled on by the Allies only after the Treaty of Versailles was signed; it was 6,600 million British pounds sterling to be paid in regular payments that Germany would have been forced to make until 1984. As it turned out, it took even longer than that because Hitler refused to make payments.

The Stab in the Back

Hitler claimed that the way World War I ended was by “Der Dolchstoss” which means “the stab in the back.”  The photograph above shows a copy of a popular poster which hung in the Dachau Museum when I visited it in 1997. It depicts a German soldier who has been “stabbed in the back.” This is a reference to Hitler’s claim that Germany did not lose World War I in the field.  After the war, the Germans wore buttons, like political buttons, which said (in German) “never defeated in the field.”  Hitler called the claim that Germany had lost on the battlefield “the Big Lie.”

The reason that Hitler called the end of World War I “the stab in the back,” was because the Armistice that ended the war was signed by the Social Democrats who overthrew Germany’s imperial government on November 9, 1918 in a “bloodless revolution.” The Nazis referred to the Social Democrats who signed the Armistice as the “November criminals.”

4 Comments »

  1. Here are the consequences of Treaty of Versailles for German population:
    “Stanisław Grabski, Polish Minister for Religion and Public Education in 1923 and 1925–1926, wrote that “Poland may be preserved only as a state of Polish people. If it were a state of Poles, Jews, Germans, Rusyns, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Russians, it would lose its independence again”; and that “it is impossible to make a nation out of those who have no ‘national self-identification,’ who call themselves ‘local’ (tutejszy.
    “In internal politics, Piłsudski’s reign marked a much-needed stabilization and improvement in the situation of ethnic minorities, which formed almost a third of the population of the Second Republic. Piłsudski replaced the National-Democratic “ethnic-assimilation” with a “state-assimilation” policy: citizens were judged by their loyalty to the state, not by their nationality”
    And how they were judged before, if I may ask? One cannot even fathom those people had experienced

    Comment by Gasan — October 1, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  2. Are we finally done with World War One? What about World War Two? I have never heard before about those reparation payments as being ONGOING! This is like an eye-opener, even wider every time.
    So, when is the final payment for World War II scheduled? Year of 2091?
    The communist traitors Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht started the revolution in Germany, using the abundance of money coming from communist Russia. The emissaries were coming with gold and cash to support the revolution, which caused a humiliating armistice. The poppet president Friedrich Ebert has agreed to:
    Four – Surrender in good condition by the German armies of the following war material: Five thousand guns (2,500 heavy, and 2,500 field), 25,000 machine guns, 3,000 minenwerfer, 1,700 airplanes (fighters, bombers – firstly, all of the D 7’S and all the night bombing machines). The above to be delivered in situ to the allied and United States troops in accordance with the detailed conditions laid down in the note (annexure No. 1) drawn up at the moment of the signing of the armistice.
    That means that your country is totally disarmed and cannot protect itself.
    Now comes the Treaty of Versailles which was signed on 06//28/19:
    Article 91
    German nationals habitually resident in territories recognised as forming part of Poland will acquire Polish nationality ipso facto and will lose their German nationality. German nationals, however, or their descendants who became resident in these territories after January 1, 1908, will not acquire Polish nationality without a special authorisation from the Polish State.

    Article 84
    German nationals habitually resident in any of the territories recognised as forming part of the Czecho-Slovak State will obtain Czecho-Slovak nationality ipso facto and lose their German nationality.

    That means that on June 29 of 1919, the millions of Germans woke up to learn that they are The Poles and Czechs. The new languages were imposed on them as official ones and since they didn’t speak it, they would automatically become second-class citizens.

    Comment by Gasan — October 1, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    • There was no treaty signed after World War II, so no reparations payments were ordered. However, Germany has voluntarily paid millions to the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and they will probably continue to pay millions to the children and grandchildren of the survivors. The payments will not stop until there are no more ethnic Germans left. Germany has also sent millions to Israel. Still the hatred of the German people will continue as long as there are any ethnic Germans left.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 1, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  3. In fact, the Armistice was NOT signed at 11:00 AM on November 11th. It was actually signed sometime around 5:30 AM to TAKE EFFECT at 11:00 AM! Perhaps the most poignant stories about the Great War concern those Allied soldiers who went on the attack at 0900 hrs that morning, knowing they could be killed in the remaining 2 hours of hostilities.

    Comment by Soldier's Mail — September 30, 2010 @ 8:41 pm


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