Shocking news for all Germans today, the 1st of October 1929.
Gustav Stresemann has died this morning of a stroke, only 51 years old.
Most people in Berlin will be upset about this news or even in mourning.
Even those who are his political opponents will at least be shocked.
Stresemann was much respected, even by his enemies.
Everyone knows he had been very ill for the last two years and against medical advice, Stresemann retained his position as German foreign minister.
Doing his duty for the republic till the very end.
Gustav Stresemann (May 10, 1878 – October 3, 1929) was a German politician and statesman who served as Chancellor and Foreign Minister during the Weimar Republic.
We have him to thank for much of the hard work that helped Germany recover from the dark days, especially since 1923 when the country was perhaps on the edge of destruction.
Thanks to him we were helped by America with the so called Dawes Plan, his minister of finances ended the hyperinflation by giving us the Rentenmark, he persuaded the French to return the occupied Ruhr area to us, he signed the Locarno Treaty, thanks to much of his work Germany was allowed to join the League of Nations, he introduced reforms to make life better for the working classes – Labour Exchanges (1927) and unemployment pay, under his reign 3 million new houses were built, build roads, railways and factories.
Stresemann dared to borrow a fortune from America but this helped our economy to boom and this led to prosperity.
Stresemann helped Germany get back on its feet after the war and economic chaos.
He made Germany a country with power again while rendering the extremist parties almost harmless.
Perhaps the worst thing about the death of this great German is that now the Weimar Republic has become even more fragile.
Lets hope we don’t get more bad news or the extremist parties may regain their power.
Today in Berlin there will be black mourning flags and some may wear black armbands.
Please remember today what Stresemann accomplished in his short life and how important he has been to the republic.
More about him on Wikipedia.