For Germany, the conditions for reparation, finally set by the Reparation Committee, were unacceptable. The German delegates felt that the economic sanctions were far too severe. In the last telegraphed communication from the German National Assembly to the Allies at Versailles, it was stated: “The Government of the German Republic does not in any way abandon its unprecedented conviction that these conditions of peace are an injustice.” 21 The British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote in 1920 The Economic Consequences of the Peace, in which he stated that the German economy would be destroyed by the post-war Treaty of Versailles. Kitchen says that according to Keynes, “a number of contracts that neglect the really important issues of economic recovery, food, fuel and finance would make the situation even worse.” 22 The fact is that Germany never felt defeated in the First World War. As a result, they struggled to accept the fact that they had to pay for everything. Keynes` work provided the German partisans with all the arguments they needed against reparations and reconstruction efforts of the Treaty of Versailles. The resentment engendered by the treaty sowed fertile psychological ground for the subsequent rise of the Nazi Party,[165] but the German-born Australian historian J├╝rgen Tampke argued that it was “a perfidious distortion of history” to assert that the terms prevented the growth of democracy in Germany and supported the growth of the Nazi Party; conditions are not as punitive as is often claimed and that German hyperinflation in the 1920s was partly a deliberate policy to minimize the cost of returns. As an example of the arguments against the Versailles diktat, he cites Elizabeth Wiskemann, who heard two widow officers complain to Wiesbaden that they “had to have their clothes washed once every two weeks (every two weeks) instead of once a month.” [166] However, while only two decades later, the Treaty of Versailles led to a failed peace and another world war, its actual failures are not what we have led to believe for more than 90 years. When we look at the facts, it becomes clear that what “everyone knows” about the famous treaty is simply wrong. .