Forty-one years after the signing of Versailles, Germany has finished paying reparations for starting (and losing) the Great War. Germany will soon settle the last 60 million pounds of a 22 billion pound debt, which was intended to cover the Allies’ war costs and to rebuild areas devastated by combat. The payments wouldn’t have taken this long, if a certain bitter Fuhrer hadn’t reneged on reparations during his reign to garner support for his rising Nazi party.
While after World War II, West Germany accepted and settled most of the outstanding debt, after the country’s reunification, the treaty mandated further interest payments, which began again in 1996. As The Daily mail reports, the last check will be mailed this Sunday.
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