• We'll place items from the days of hope, after the turn of the 20th century (1900), to the dark days of death, debt and starvation, in post World War One Germany. We've all heard of Germany during these times: wheelbarrows of money to buy a loaf of bread, people using money to wallpaper rooms in their houses and even using stacks of money to burn in their fireplaces. I'll quote from a previous article we did to refresh everyone's memory on the truth of WWI...

        I suppose the logical place to start our conversation on World War Two would be a little over two decades before its official beginning with the Versailles Treaty, which was specific to Germany and her 'defeat' and signed on June 28, 1919, about seven months after the armistice was signed ending World War One on November 11, 1918. Of the many provisions in the treaty, and one of the most important, was the devilish requirement that Germany accept sole responsibility for causing World War One (the so-called 'Guilt Clause') and, to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions and pay reparations to their enemies. It was clear that the so-called 'Big Three' (Britain, France and The United States) meant to cripple Germany militarily, politically, and economically by the conditions they laid out in the treaty.

        These terms were nothing short of national suicide for Germany. They limited Germany's army to 100,000 men and its navy to 15,000 (also spelling out massive restrictions to the number of boats it could have; 6 battleships, 6 cruisers, 6 destroyers, etc. and even these had restrictions upon them). They were banned from manufacturing weapons or their importation. Armed aircraft, tanks and even armored cars were prohibited. These are just some of the military restrictions laid out in the treaty. It is also worth noting that it also prohibited Germany from uniting with Austria to make up for the territorial losses the treaty included. Although in 1938 Austria would overwhelmingly vote to rejoin with their ancestral land of Germany, defying the moribund treaty.

         Which brings us to the butchering of Germany's frontiers and colonies, where they literally chopped up and gave away much of Germany's land...

    Here's a short example:

  • West Prussia, which was given to Poland (this effectively made Germany's territory of East Prussia into an exclave, which is like a little island.) Can you imagine the horror of the people of East and West Prussia? Or suddenly traveling through Germany and having to pass into a foreign country before first reaching its edge? Absurdity.

  • Alsace and most of Lorraine (both originally German speaking territories)

  • Northern Schleswig

  • Eastern Upper Silesia

  • The towns Eupen and Malmedy went to Belgium despite a plebiscite to the contrary (The Vennbahn railway was also handed over to Belgium)

  • The area of Soldau in East Prussia

  • An important railway junction on the Warsaw-Danzig route

  • The Memelland

  • The coal-rich province of Saarland was to be a under the control of the League of Nations for 15 years, after which a plebiscite between France and Germany, was to decide to which country it would belong. During this time, coal would be sent to France.

  • The strategically important port of Danzig with the delta of the Vistula River on the Baltic Sea was taken from Germany and renamed the so-called 'Free City of Danzig.'

  • Lastly, the German people lost all of its colonies abroad.

         The total sum of war reparations demanded from Germany was 132 billion Reichsmarks, which were set to be paid until 1988! There are many more points and mountains more details about this insidious treaty, but, we must move on. Let's go backward in time to the autumn of 1917. On October 24th, the German army won a massive victory against the Italians. One that shocked their allies and the world. In the first week alone the Germans captured 250,000 Italian soldiers and 2,300 artillery guns. The following spring of 1918, and the final year of World War One, Germany launched a decisive offensive on the Western Front where German forces achieved an unprecedented advance of 40 miles. It is important to note that just weeks before this offensive Russian forces signed an armistice with Germany, officially backing out of the war, and ceding massive territories to the German victors. This effectively eliminated the entire Eastern Front of battle for Germany and her allies. She could finally concentrate her forces on one front. But alas, it was not to be. The treachery of labor strikes which had been brewing back home had severely weakened the German armies ability to supply itself. By 1917, there were roughly five hundred strikes across Germany, resulting in over 2,000,000 total work hours lost!

         Something dark and insidious was creeping into both the public back home and the soldiers at the fields minds. Defeatism grew as the soldiers fought a war that they increasingly envisioned their country didn't support. Can you blame them? Five hundred strikes, 2,000,000 work hours lost?! That nearly halved Germany's production.

         So, who was behind those labor strikes and the growing unrest among Germany's soldiers and civilians? One can study this important patch of bloody history and see the hidden front at Germany's heart and who the National Socialists would call 'The November Traitors.' It's true that the various powers-that-be have never wanted to see a strong Germany. Since its barbarian hordes first emerged from its primordial black forest, with fresh Roman Legion blood on their hands. To find the truth about this hidden enemy at home, we'll have to travel even further back in history. Before the time of European empires. Before the great warriors like Stonewall Jackson, Napoleon, Julius Caesar or even Alexander. Before even the rise of ancient Rome or Greece.

         Here, hiding throughout the shadows of human history, we'll find the arch-enemy of mankind. The poisoners of truth. The ugly face of our ancient adversary. The destroyers of the first civilization on earth. At least six thousand years before 'The November Traitors' and their secret masters. Glorious Sumeria. The Fertile Crescent. Eden.'
    [World War One: A Discussion of Fact and Falacy]

    [Above and Below: Children playing with bundles of worthless money during the hyperinflation in Germany, 1923!]


    [Above: Children fly kites worth millions of dollars! Too bad they are made of worthless German inflation money...]


    [Above: Children cutting money with scissors for projects...]


    [Above: Inflation money used as wallpaper!]


    [Above: Inflation money used as wallpaper!]


    [Above: Mountains of worthless inflation money!]


    [Above: A woman uses worthless inflation money to heat her house! She's shown here stuffing it into her furnace.]


    [Above: On the way to the store to buy a slice of bread?]


    [Above: Here is an envelope (front/back) with almost 500 million marks in postage!]


  • So then, Germany was royally screwed. People were literally starving to death. Suicides were off the charts. How in the world did Germany turn everything around in a few short years? How did they become a model for the world? What saved them? Well, I think you know the answer to that. But let me refresh your memory:

    [Below: 'Rain, Rain, nothing but Rain'... Max wrote this postcard message April 28, 1903, sent it the next day, and it arrived in San Francisco on May 12, 1903 and was probably delivered the next day or so. He sent it from Baden-Baden, Germany, all the way across the world, to say that it was raining. I love this fucking guy! Haha...]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: 'Semper Talis' (Always Such). The war monument shows a modern German soldier (WWI era) and a soldier of the past shaking hands beneath a portrait of Frederick the Great. It says:
    'Dem Ersten
    Garde Regiment Zu Fuss
    Seinen Treuen Toten'

    (The first
    Guard Regiment On Foot
    His faithful dead)
    This monument was in Potsdam, I wonder if it is still there?]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: This beautifully dreary image is by French landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (July 17, 1796 - February 22, 1875).]

    [Below: Reverse. This was sent on October 10, 1906.]

    [Below: This is a pretty incredible booklet for 1926. It's in full color and must have cost a lot to print back then. Health movements were all the rage in the 1920s and 1930s, so was nudism and getting lots of sun and fresh air. Now people go to McDonalds and drink Coca-Cola for 'health'. 'Gesundheit ist Lebensglück' (Health is Happiness). No truer statement was ever uttered. You may not understand unless you've lost your health before. 'Reichs Gesundheits Woche 1926' (Reich Health Week 1926). At the bottom it says 'Ein Merkbüchlein für Jedermann' (A Notebook for Everyone).]

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    [Below: 'Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstage' (Happy Birthday).]

    [Below: Reverse. This was sent on April 14, 1908. These three girls would be well over 100 years old today.]

    [Below: The Frauenkirche is a church in Munich.]

    [Below: Reverse. A rather ominous message... but very true.]

    [Below: The Frauenkirche church after Allied bombs. I wonder what the Christian god thought about the British and Americans firebombing his houses?]

    [Below: Check out the spider with the inverted cross on its back. He's just trying to be edgy. Probably going through a phase, so don't judge him.]

    [Below: Reverse - this was sent June 1, 1908.]

    [Below: This high quality embossed Christmas postcard was sent from Hamburg to Michigan.]

    [Below: Reverse - this was sent on December 11, 1906. You'll notice the cancel is a large flag with the words D.R. on it. This stands for Deutsches Reich.]

    [Below: Oh my GOD! This is a crime against man, beast and GOD! Who would write like this?! Who could possibly read this madman's scrawlings?! This is probably the worst postcard message ever sent. It could give the viewer any number of mental illnesses just looking at it.]

    [Below: Reverse - this servant of darkness sent this on September 27, 1905. To make matters worse the bastard didn't add enough postage so the recipient had to pay five cents! And in 1905 that was like $1,000.]

    [Below: Okay, this is bizarre! Esperanto is the world's most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Created by Polish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof in 1887, it was intended to be a universal language.]

    [Below: Reverse.]

    [Below: Communist graphic advertising an Esperanto Labor Congress in Paris in 1914. They got the whole capitalism as a vulture thing right, that's for sure.]

    [Below: This must have been a very expensive postcard - it is a photo glued on a postcard and is very high quality. It says 'Glück und Segen zur Konfirmation' (Good Luck and Blessings for Confirmation).]

    [Below: Reverse - this was sent on March 31, 1906.]