Today in Labour History
The Treaty of Versailles (1919) required the defeated Germans to pay financial compensation. When Germany defaulted on its huge war reparations, France and Belgium invaded the Ruhr in 1923.
The occupation of the Ruhr was a disaster for Germany as it ushered in an era of strikes, hyperinflation, and economic collapse. The German government declared a state of emergency on 26 September 1923.
The Dutch labour movement supported the Germans and organized various fundraising events, including a number for poor children from the Ruhr.