Article 231 of The Treaty of Versailles - Text of The Article

Text of The Article

The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.

The same clause, only replacing the name 'Germany' with 'Austria' and 'Hungary', respectively, was part of the peace treaty of Austria (article 177 of the Treaty of Saint-Germain) and part of the peace treaty of Hungary (article Article 161 of the Treaty of Trianon); neither the Austrian or Hungarian governments viewing these clauses as implying "war guilt".

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