Meet seven German citizens 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. 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.