Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Today -100: April 27, 1921: Or reparations and coups

France, you’ll be surprised to hear, rejects Germany’s reparations offer as insufficient. The US had rejected Germany’s request to act as arbiter, saying it would pass on the German proposal if it were good enough; it has decided that it isn’t.

In truth, the Germans are being rather vague about what they’re promising to pay, while demanding the end of all economic sanctions, the release of German-owned property abroad, the retention of Upper Silesia, etc.

Communists seize power in Fiume, as was the custom, after evidently losing an election to Autonomists. As they occupy City Hall, fascists and followers of the Poet-Aviator occupy other buildings. The ballots are destroyed.

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