Effects of the Wall Street Crash on GermanyThe Weimar Republic was devastated by the Wall Street crash of October 1929 and the great depression that followed. The Crash had a devastating impact on the American economy but because America had propped up the Weimar Republic with huge loans in 1924 (the Dawes Plan) and in 1929 (the Young Plan), what happened to the American economy had to impact the Weimar Republic's economy.Both plans had loaned Weimar money to prop up the country's economy - especially after the experiences of ...view middle of the document...
If the short-term credits are called in, a large section of our economy would collapse."After the Wall Street Crash, America gave Germany 90 days to start to re-pay money loaned to her. No other world power had the money to give Germany cash injections. Britain and France were still recovering from the First World War and the Wall Street Crash was to have an impact on industrial Britain. Stalin's Russia was still in a desperate state and embarking on the 5-year plan. Therefore, an impoverished Weimar Germany could only call on America for help and she was effectively bankrupt by the end of 1929 and quite incapable of lending money.Companies throughout Germany - though primarily in the industrial zones such as the Ruhr - went bankrupt and workers were laid off in the millions. Just in 6 short years unemployment affected nearly every German family with over 6million people unemployed, which was 10% of the populous. Just 6 years after the last major economic disaster - Hyperinflation had hit Weimar.
By Jaechaun Allen 10B29/09/14