The last installment: Germany to repay WWI debt on birthday

UNITED GERMANY IS CELEBRATING its twentieth anniversary on Sunday, and the happy occasion cannot help but focus attention back on the many bizarre and dramatic events that led to unification in the first place: the peaceful revolution in East Germany in 1989, the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the founding of two German states in 1949, and the partition of the German Reich into four occupation zones at the end of the Second World War. Yes, nothing occurs in a historical vacuum, and thus it is perhaps fitting that on the same day as the country marks its anniversary it will also be paying the final installment on the reparations bill imposed on it in the Treaty of Versailles in 1919…



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