Peace terms for Germany

21 June 2019

June 20th, 1919.

ON MONDAY the final terms were submitted by the Allies to the Germans, who were given till Saturday to make up their minds whether to sign or to refuse to sign. In some important respects these terms have been modified. Germany is to be allowed to survey for herself the regions she has devastated, and to make proposals of the exact amount she shall be asked to pay. Upper Silesia is not to be ceded to Poland, but shall decide for herself, by means of a plébiscite, under Allied supervision, whether she shall remain German. Some slight changes in regard to the Western frontiers of Germany have been made; and, for the next three months, she may maintain a military force of 200,000, which is to be reduced by one-half by next March. . . The Germans, in their counter-proposals, had asked to be admitted at once to the League of Nations. To this request the Allies cannot at present accede. “The German revolution was postponed to the last moments of the war, and there is as yet no guarantee that it represents a permanent change. . .” But some day — and it is for the Germans themselves to hasten it by their good behaviour — it may be possible for us all to live in neighbourly good fellowship. Meanwhile, the question is, Will they sign the treaty at Versailles? That is for them to decide. If they decline, they will be forced to sign at Berlin.


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