Poincaré resigns from Reparations Commission. Germans object to conditions in Treaty of Versailles
Germany Date:1920 Duration:1 min 32 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré resigns from his position as President of the Interallied Reparations Commission. Scene shifts to closup, on board a ship, of Reinhold Wulle, leader of a monarchist wing in the conservative German National Peoples Party (DNVP). Scene shifts again, to Berlin, Germany, where well-dressed citizens are gathered on a sidewalk. It shifts again, to German citizens at a newsstand holding many different newspapers, all reflecting unhappiness with restrictions and economic effects from the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, following World War I. A poster shows a facsimile of the Treaty with arrows pointing to Part 5, requiring demilitarization of the Rhineland. Scene shifts back to the well-dressed gathering, where a photographer stands on an iron fence railing as a car arrives and an official steps into the group waiting for him. Next, a man is seen seated on the roof of a truck driving on Unter Den Linden, with Brandenburg Gate in background. He throws monarchist leaflets to bystanders. Men on bicycles accompany the truck. Leaflets are also seen being thrown from an automobile on a Berlin street. Six men distribute monarchist leaflets from a truck. Leaflets fill the air as traffic, including a tram, moves through main streets of Berlin. A contingent of Berlin police officers begins clearing crowds from sidewalks and streets. Mounted police clearing a square.
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