Between October 24 and 29, 1929, the American stock market crashed, sending financial shockwaves across the international marketplace. While affecting the majority of Western economies, perhaps no other country was more profoundly impacted than the late Weimar Republic in Germany, where the significant financial burdens of the Versailles Settlement had carved out deep economic grooves for nearly ten years. The years immediately following the Great Depression in Germany would witness the gradual rise in the polls of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party and, in 1933, the appointment of Adolf Hitler as the last Chancellor of the Weimar Republic.
The following is footage from the October 1929 stock market crash in New York City and everyday scenes from Depression-era Weimar Germany.
Stock Market Crash in New York City