Dr Joseph Wirth was Chancellor of the Weimar Republic for 18 momentous months in Germany's history from May 1921 to November 1922.1 Earlier, Wirth had worked as a teacher, perhaps the finest of professions. Later, he became an international investor, not the least of human interests. It is a rare person who can pursue all such activities successfully; and ultimately, with the demise of the Weimar Republic, Wirth failed as a German politician and was forced into exile in 1933. As a statesman and investor, however, his work from 1921 to 1927 suggests that one of the...
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