There is no better image to demonstrate the complete destruction of the German economy post-WWI than this image.  These children are not playing with blocks, but huge stacks of money.  The vindictive nature of the Treaty or Versailles and France’s constant instance for reparations created an impossible situation for the young Weimar Republic.  In an attempt to pay off its war debt, more money was printed, leading to unprecedented inflation.  Anyone who had their funds in cash instead of physical property was ruined.  The money that these children are playing with was virtually worthless, although it probably constituted a family’s life savings.  The harsh economic realities and bitterness that this created directly contributed to the rise of fascism in Germany.

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