Sunday, October 03, 2010

World War I is officially over...

I am sorry, but this may be the complete history nerd in me, but it seriously was the highlight of my weekend to learn that World War I in essence ended today when Germany made their final reparation payment. For those of you who don't remember your history, I'll remind you...

At the end of World War I there was a Treaty of Versailles (signed in the hall of mirrors at Versailles Palace outside of France) where Germany was ordered to take full responsibility for the entire war and repay $33 billion dollars!!!!
This sent Germany into a complete economic breakdown. At one point $1 (USD) was worth 54 TRILLION German Marks... It was cheaper to burn money than buy fire wood. Poor Germans had no hope of recovery... then enters Hitler... good old Hitler with his plans to save Germany from destruction... and that takes us to World War II... it is pretty much agreed by most scholars that the Treaty of Versailles was the direct cause of World War II.
Anyway, today Germany made their last payment!! 91 years after the treaty was signed. Pretty cool!!!

So know that you have had your history lesson, here are some awesome pictures of my European travels as they relate to World War I and Germany...
This is me standing in the Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed
This is Munich, Germany... not directly related to World War I as much as it is crucial to World War II. Munich is where the Nazi party was formed!
This picture also has little to do with the wars, however it is taken at the Hofbrahaus in Munich!! (This is the place where the Nazi party started)
For those of you who wish to read more about this momentous day... check out this article!!

1 comment:

brandi said...

I thought of you when I read this blog, thinking maybe miranda wants to participate, ha! Check it out you would be great at it.