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World War One finally ends this weekend.
If you're like me, you probably thought that World War One (often shown as World War I, by those people who couldn't manage to spell the word "one").. was over a long time ago.
It actually ended in nineteen hundred and ... er..... sumthin'...yeah.. waaay back there.
But in fact, it didn't.
As part of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany agreed to pay reparations to the Allies as well as giving up territories to France, Belgium, Poland, and the Czechs.
This Sunday - coincidentally the 20th anniversary of East and West Germany unifying about a year after the Berlin Wall fell - Germany will make the last in a series of reparation payments that has spanned more than nine decades. Their final payment is approximately $93.8 million, according to London's Telegraph newspaper. That's right... $93.8 million dollars!! Germany had to pay Belgium and France for material damages and the rest of the Allies the costs of fighting the war. (Did you know about this...?)
The purpose behind this was to help rebuild the damaged territories, as well as to cripple Germany, so that it wouldn't become warlike again.
France had been the most devastated by the war, and Clemenceau feared ... more
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