Is It True that Robbing People of Everything Means They are “Free Again?”

The Versailles Treaty, which ended World War One, included very harsh terms for Germany. The consequences of that treaty caused Germans to become resentful.

Not only were Germans required to pay huge war reparations, they were forbidden from re-arming or building-up their country's military forces.

This brings to mind something which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said “...when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power - he’s free again.”

What do Solzhenitsyn's words mean to you?

Do you think that concept also applies to countries? Why, or why not?

Might that concept have applied to Germany at the end of World War I (via the harsh terms of the Versailles Treaty)? Explain your answer.

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