Ambassador Frederic Sackett and the Collapse of the Weimar by Bernard V. Burke

By Bernard V. Burke

This e-book information the makes an attempt of yankee Ambassador Frederic Sackett to save lots of the Weimar Republic, in attaining German nationalist pursuits, and thwart Adolf Hitler's force to energy. Very early in his tenure in Berlin, Sackett observed Hitler and the Nazis as a significant chance to the Weimar Republic and to peace in Europe. even though at the start the yankee proposal that misrule by way of incompetent and inefficient Nazis may pave the best way for a communist nation, in time he got here to work out Hitler because the genuine possibility to democracy in Germany.

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49 The handsome features and aristocratic bearing of the senator from Kentucky were impressive. Of medium height, with serious gray eyes and brown hair, which showed little silver despite his sixty-one years, Sackett imparted an air of decisiveness and authority. New England born, reared, and educated, the son of a Union cavalry officer, his soft voice, courtesy, and habit of saying "suh" captivated Berliners. Sackett expressed his determination to promote friendly relations with the Germans, but he also talked to the press about Kentucky, its beautiful women, racehorses, tobacco, and once-upon-a-time bourbon.

Sackett's aversion to communism would affect his judgment throughout his career as ambassador to Germany. As could be expected, he brought with him to Berlin a wide variety of attitudes aside from his views on communism. He could be unorthodox in his thinking, but always with a very practical turn of mind. Above all, his buoyant optimism helped him through some trying times. His familiarity with matters of business and finance made him a knowledgeable asset to the American embassy chancery in Berlin.

From the American point of view, it was an equitable economic settlement of a long-standing problem. 83 To extreme nationalists in Germany, however, the Young Plan was yet another affront to their patriotic sensibilities. It perpetuated what they believed to be the myth of German guilt for the world war and was a symbol of foreign dominance of what could, and should be, a powerful Germany. Reparations payments to Britain, France, and other powers were a central problem in German politics throughout the Weimar years.

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