Re: Slovakia WWII..ILLUSTRATED SLOVAK HISTORY
- --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Sinbad Schwartz"
> Unfortunately, unlike the Net and other digital documents where atreaty that required them to pay for being liberated from Hungary,
> .... Czechoslovaks(?) were upset because the terms of some post WWI
Austria, Austria-Hungary, etc. I believe the name of the treaty
began with a St. Does anyone happen to know name of the treaty and
the amount they were asked to contribute for their liberation?
>I found it. I know everyone was waiting with bated breath to hear
this. ;-) So much for St. It was the Hague Conference of 1930
(although St. Germain was mentioned in the Agreement).
In "At the Price of the Republic" the Ludaks(Hlinka's Slovak Peoples
Party, SPP)warned against relying on the Western Powers for
Czechoslovakia's protection "....Long before the Munich Agreement,
Ludaks warned against such over-reliance. In February of 1930, the
time of Czechoslovakia's humiliation at the Hague Conference, when it
was forced to pay reparations to the Allied Powers as compensation
for their role in "liberating" Czechs and Slovaks from Austria-
Hungary during World War I, ......". As a result of this,the SPP
argued for closer relations with Europe's right wing states.
Asking for reparations from the Czechs and Slovaks seemed rather odd
to me but, since the Western Powers, especially France and Great
Britain had spent so much of their wealth on the war, they tried to
take it out of the loser's and anyone else's hides that they could.
I'm not certain of the rationale that was used to select the Czechs
and Slovaks to pay reparations. Many believe that demanding large
reparations created the conditions that led to WWII.
"AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
In complete and final settlement of her debt arising out of the
Agreement of 10th September 1919, to the other Powers having a credit
on reparation account in virtue of the Treaties of Versailles, St.
Germain, Trianon and Neuilly, CZECHOSLOVAKIA SHALL PAY 37 ANNUITIES
OF TEN MILLION GOLD MARKS, the due dates of which are fixed for the
first complete annuity at 15th March 1930, and, for the balance,
payable in half-yearly instalments, at 1st July and 1st January of
each year, the final instalment being payable on 1st January 1966."
In any case, I doubt if most of the reparation was paid because of
the advent of WWII a few years later.