Originally posted by
freemanjud on January 24, 2019 08:06
Meet seven German citizens alive in the year 1921. All survived World War I.
- Karl Schmidt Karl is an employed worker who lives in the rich steel-producing area of the Ruhr.Before the war, he worked in the steel mills.During the war, he was a soldier at the front.He plans to return to the steel mills now that the war is over.He has a wife and two children.
- Eric von Ronheim Eric is the head of a Frankfurt textile factory.He was an officer in the war, but returned to his business after the war.
- Gerda Munchen owns a small Munich grocery store started by her parents.She and her parents are saving money in the hope of enabling her to go to university in a few years.
- Wilhelm Schultz works with his father on the family farm in East Prussia.His grandfather lives in Danzig; his uncle lives in the area only 5 miles away from the family farm, but now that the war has concluded, it’s part of Poland.
- Hermann Struts Hermann, a lieutenant in the German army, fought bravely during the war.From a long line of army officers and as a graduate of a German military academy, he has taken pride in the army’s able defense of the nation and its strong leadership.He is a career military officer.
- Elisabeth von Kohler Elisabeth is a prominent attorney who attended the University of Bonn.She has a strong sense of German tradition and believes passionately in her nation’s contributions to Western civilization.
- Otto Hauptmann Otto works in a Berlin factory.He has joined a trade union and is an active member.
Select two of these seven.Be sure to identify who they are in bold in your post.
Now that you are well-informed about the Treaty of Versailles, the political parties of Weimar Germany, the effort to bring about democracy in the country, and the economic stresses of the 1920s-early 1930s in the country, how would your two “chosen” individuals have responded?
What I’m asking here is that you try to imagine the world of post-World War I, post-Treaty of Versailles, and mid-Weimar Germany through each of these individuals’ eyes.And then respond to:
- How do you think each individual would react to the current events underway?
- What political parties would each have gravitated toward?
- What sort of change/action/worry would they have sought from their country and/or had for themselves and their families?
Be certain that you use the documents/handouts you have:
- the summary of the Treaty of Versailles,
- the Weimar Constitution,
- the Weimar political parties,
as well as reference the material we looked at in class related to the
- Treaty of Versailles,
- and Weimar politics, economics, and cultural life.
Please post on this and then look to see if anyone else posted on at least one of your individuals.Weigh in on whether you agree with your classmates’ assessment of this person’s views or whether you disagree.This may require checking back on the discussion thread a bit, after you’ve posted.You can add this comment as a second post in the thread.
Gerda Munchen: I think that with all that has been going on with the political climate Gerda would be furious. No doubt the political climate affected the economic one leaving Gerda harmed in a in unfortunate way. Germany had to pay a lot of reparations after the war and that definitely would have put a heavy burden on her family’s small store. With all the taxes she and her family had to pay it most likely would have hindered her funds for college. She may have had to wait longer to go to college or may not even had gone at all. This would make anyone extremely upset especially any of the young people.
I believe that Gerda would have joined the German Social Democratic Party or the SPD. With it being a socialist party it’s ideals most likely would have lined up with Gerda’s. It also drew most of it’s support from the working and lower classes and I believe that the reparations would have pushed Gerda’s family to the lower working class if not just the working class. At first glance I thought she would join the German Democratic Party or DDP considering she wanted to be an intellectual and that was the intellectual party at the time. Upon further consideration I thought that she wants to be one and is not one yet.
I think that Gerda and her family would strive for economic change rather than political change. I think they would want some government assistance in keeping their store afloat. I also think they would want the government to give them their money back so that Gerda can get to University.
Hermann Struts: I think that Hermann’s National Pride would be hurt. All his pride has derived from the competence of the German Military so since they failed I think that he would be very upset and even want to get revenge. Military was his whole life’s focus and having so bad of a loss would mortally wound the ego of anyone similar. All his life’s work would be virtually flushed down the drain. I think that all that disappointment would eventually lead to anger.
I think that Hermann would start in the German’s People’s Party or the DVP. I believe Hermann would be anti-republic and he already is a nationalist for the most part so this party would be great for him. Hermann also seems to be well off and of the professional upper middle class which is the perfect target for the DVP. I think that a Hermann would start there and then go on to the German National People’s Party or the DNVP when the DVP seems to fall through on its promises. I feel like the DVP won’t e enough for Hermann and that he will eventually transfer to the DNVP.
I think that all Hermann really wants is for the pride to be restored to mother Germany. I believe that he has nationalistic values that need to be satisfied that aren’t being satisfied. I believe that Hermann would go through any lengths to solidify Germany’s strength and prowess especially in the military