Mr Walker's Stresemann Crossword
When you have finished the crossword and test revise using Mrs Faithorn's Historical Hangman

Complete the reading, complete the crossword. Then test your knowledge of Weimar Germany by attempting the test. You can then revise using hangman. When all is complete start the Rise of Nazi Germany lesson and work through the activities


The Golden Age of Weimar

The problems of 1919 to 1923 had gone and buoyed by American loans, Weimar quickly found its economic feet again. In 1928, she had returned to her pre-1914 figures with regards to industrial production. More realistic payments of reparations, confidence restored in foreign investors, house and factory building, and an expanding job market were all signs of a country getting its old strength back again.

The minority political parties were quiet during this time. People were content with the way Germany was being run, so why turn to extremist parties? Despite having 108,000 members in 1928, the Nazi Party only won 12 seats to the Reichstag in the election of that year. It was also in 1928, that the Nazi Party nearly went bankrupt. The Communists won 54 seats at this election. Moderate parties like the Centre Party and the Social Democrats easily won the 1928 election. In fact, the elections of the Golden Age of Weimar seem to indicate that extreme parties only flourished when an extreme situation occurred :
Of these parties, the two extremes, the Communists and the Nazis, wanted to overthrow the Republic; the Social Democrats, the Democrats and the Centre Party were loyal to the Republic; the Conservatives were supported by industrialists and the Nationalists were supported by landowners.

Berlin became the capital city for those with money to visit. Josephine Baker resided here during the good years. She was one of the most famous female entertainers in the world. Berlin’s night life during 1924 to 1929 was legendary with night clubs providing shows which no other European capital would dare to put on. Marlene Dietrich became one of the world’s most famous actresses.

Stresemann’s greatest achievement was restoring Germany back into the international community. In 1925, he signed with France and Belgium the Locarno Treaties in which each country recognised each others borders as they stood in 1925. This infuriated the Nazi Party and other right wing parties as it meant that it formally recognised the territorial part of the Versailles Treaty - however, in 1925, their complaints went unheard. Most Germans were ecstatic about the new found relationship with the country that had invaded her in 1922 - France. As a result of this new found friendship, France sponsored Germany’s application to join the League of Nations which she duly did in 1926.

All this apparent peace and stability was to change with the world wide impact of the October 1929 Wall Street Crash in America.