Weimar Germany

In 1922 as part of passive resistance to the occupation of the Ruhr, a General Strike was called in parts of Germany. The strike, along with other measures, created chaos and also a political environment in which the German relationship with Allied powers could be renegotiated.



The video clip, above, illustrates the impact of the German Strike of 1922 on the transport system. Due to the large number of transport workers on strike, the services that did run were overcrowded and often delayed.

The strikes affected much of the Ruhr and transport workers in several other parts of Germany joined in the Strike action. The Strike arrived in the build up to a meeting of the Reparations Commission. It, along with other factors, led to a weakening of the Germany Economy: which combined to produce hyperinflation.

The strikes of 1922 were one of a series of problems that the republic faced that year. As well as economic issues and dealing with Reparations, the Republic was also engaged in combatting extremist attempts to undermine the republic and diplomatic negotiations with both the Allies and the recognition of the Soviet Union. An overview of these events with links to more detailed information can be found on this Wikipedia page.

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