Matthias Erzberger


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(b. 20 Sept. 1875, d. 26 Aug. 1921).

German Finance Minister 1919–20

An MP of the Centre Party from 1903. Initially he supported World War I, but in 1917 he was instrumental in bringing about a peace resolution in the German parliament which called for negotiations to end the war. Partly because of this, and partly because as a Minister of State from October 1918 he was one of the signatories of the German armistice, Erzberger became a hated figure among the German right. His most enduring legacy was the comprehensive fiscal reform which strengthened the income of the federal Weimar Republic at the expense of its states and localities. He was murdered by two right‐wing ex‐army officers.

Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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