About the End and a New Beginning
Crespel & Deiters during the 2nd World War…
They say the first victim of war is the truth. Here, too, the 2nd World War already started with a lie. After Poland allegedly infringed on German
boundaries, German troops march into the neighbouring eastern country in 1939 and, in so doing, initiate the largest military conflict in the history of mankind to date. Unimaginable barbarism drives the world to edge of disaster in the following six years.
The War starts at Dawn
60 states are involved in the 2nd World War. More than 100 million people are under arms.
It′s the 1st of September 1939. While the majority of the citizens are still in their beds in the little Westphalian city of Ibbenbüren, the German Wehrmacht attacks Poland at dawn. Also at Groner Allee in the Crespel & Deiters starch factory, the machines are still standing still. A little bit later, the first people arrived at work. It is a normal day. People are working, talking, laughing. Only later on do the people find out on the radio what happened in the morning. Many people are concerned, since the memory of World War 1 has not faded yet, and this also applies for its sordid impacts. Yet events take their course. Germany and, soon thereafter, half of the world are at war.
Raw materials become scarce
Following a brief peak in sales, the state control of production, distribution and the pricing of agricultural products, as well as the import ban on foreign wheat as of 1933, soon results in resource scarcity.
Following the first blitzkriegs and the German victories associated with it, which Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Benelux states and France fall victim to, the German army is pushed back by British troops in Great Britain in 1941. The Russian military campaign also turns out to be a catastrophe. Meanwhile, the poor economic planning of the government in Germany becomes noticeable. The NS regime has already propagated national protectionism since the seizure of power in 1933. The Germans are called on to purchase only German goods. Foreign suppliers are disadvantaged on the domestic market and driven out. The Nazis base their mysticallycultivated “Blood and Soil” ideology on a society returning to agriculture. Within the strived-at return to an agricultural movement in Germany, supply, demand and prices of agricultural produce are to be regulated. The steering of consumption, which in itself is already absurd, does not pan out. Quite the contrary, the agricultural produce already declines by 15 per cent before the War.