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Oct 6, 2017


The Treaty of Versailles stuck Germany with a war debt that crippled their economy..


The wording of the treaty, signed on November 11, 1918, held Germany solely responsible for "causing all the loss and damage" during the war, including that caused by the other Central Powers, and put Germany on the hook for reparations to the victorious Allies.

The cost, nearly half a trillion dollars in today's money, kept the postwar Weimar Republic (Germany)'s economy dismal during the 1920s, transferred some of their western lands (the prime mining and farming land) to France, and left Germany doubly vulnerable to the Great Depression that started in America but affected most of the world.

The cost was so ridiculously high that it made reneging on the debt a popular political cause, a major factor in Hitler's rise to power, and a major cause of the second World War.