Bitterness about the treaty

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  • Bitterness about the Treaty of Versailles
    • Weimar gov had NO choice but to sign the treaty in June 1919
      • formally punished Germany for their involvement in WW1
    • War Guilt Clause
      • Germany had to accept total blame for WW1
      • Forced to pay £6600 million in reparations
      • Germans saw this as great humiliation
    • Stab in the back myth
      • The bitterness about the treaty led to this myth
      • the Politicians had 'stabbed' Germany in the back by signing it
    • The shame and humiliation of the treaty gave ammunition to the opponents of Weimar


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