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Extract from the Illustrated London News on the state of Germany, 5 April 1919
(Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/154, reproduced by permission of the Illustrated London News Picture Library)
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  ZPER 34/154; Illustrated London News on the state of Germany, April 1919  

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be helpful in deciding why it was so hard to make peace. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What do you think it was like to be a civilian in these conditions?
  • What effect would weapons like these have on the population of Berlin?
  • Do you get the impression that the British newspaper is sympathetic towards the suffering of ordinary Germans?
  • How would this source affect the views of the British, French or US leaders about how the peace treaty should deal with Germany?
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