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The collapse of Weimar Germany the democratic government that only remained in power for a decade was a result of the popular sentiment against the Treaty of Versailles the structure of the government itself the failing economy of Germany and the civil unrest that emerged as a result The Treaty of Versailles was one of the most universally hated documents of all time and was a source of great upset for essentially all Germans who often associated it with the coming to power of the Weimar government The terms of the treaty were not harsh enough to stamp out all resistance in Germany nor lenient enough to appease the German people and avoid unrest The rumour that the German army had been stabbed in the back by politicians who belonged to the new Weimar government amongst other less related groups such as the Jews While hatred of the treaty was not reserved for radical groups - Stresemann the finest diplomat of his age who worked for the republic not the monarchy spent much of his career dismantling key aspects of the treaty - it became primarily associated with extremist political parties When people wanted to treaty dismantled they believed the extremist groups would do it best In 1929 the Young Plan a plan which was extremely beneficial to Germany became a humiliation of the government due to the opposition of the Hazburg Front Hugenberg president of the German Nationalist Peoples Party DNVP and media mogul with 700 newspapers and the owner of the UFA film company organized the front of opposition The Hazburg Front organized a plebiscite against the plan claiming it would undermine Germanys will to destroy the Versailles treaty Although the plebiscite needed 21 million votes and achieved only 56 million a figure much higher than was expected by the government it greatly undermined the government and the reputation of Stresemann who the Hazburg Front denounced as a traitor Weimar had
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