Info on the Versailles Peace Treaty and The Reaction of the Germans

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Treaty Of Versailles

World War I was put to an end with the all the countries signing a peace treaty. The treaty was signed in Hall of Mirrors on June 28, 1919, 7 months after the Armistice stopping the fighting on November 11, 1918.The conference was attended by thirty-two states. Negotiations were dominated by the five major powers responsible for defeating the Central powers: the United States, Britain, France, Italy, and Japan. Major decisions were made by the 'Big Three' which consisted of Britain, France, and the USA. Germany had virtually no influence and simply had to accept what was decided .The treaty formally placed full responsibility for the war on Germany and its allies and forced Germany the burden of the reparations payments(Germany had to pay £6,600 million (called Reparations) for the damage done during the war)

German Reaction to the Treaty:

When the Germans heard about the Treaty of Versailles, they felt 'pain and anger'.

They felt it was unfair. They had not been allowed to take part in the talks they had just been told to sign. The Germans were angry about reparations; they said France and Britain were trying to starve their children to death They were angry about their tiny army. They said they were helpless against other countries The Germans also thought the loss of territory was unfair. Germany lost a tenth of its land. Other nations were given self-determination - but the Treaty forced Germans to live in other countries. Germans were also angry that they could not unite with the Austrian Germans. They said they were not to blame for the war. The soldier sent to sign the Treaty refused to sign it - 'To say such a thing would be a lie,' he said.