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Special show

"100 years of inflation"

IBRA Special Show: When postage cost billions:
"100 Years of Hyperinflation in Germany 1923"

The German inflation of began insidiously with the start of World War I in 1914 and extended to the so-called "hyperinflation" in November 1923. No other industrialised country in the world was confronted with such a radical devaluation of money as Germany. Inflation came to an end with the introduction of the Rentenmark.

In philately, the inflation of the German Reich begins on 1 August 1916 with the introduction of the "Extraordinary Reich Levy". The prevailing opinion in the German Empire was that this was only a short-term war and that the soldiers would be home by Christmas at the latest. It is well known that things turned out differently. In 1923, inflation got dramatically out of control in Germany. The subject has returned to our consciousness since last year - many people can no longer remember price increases of sometimes more than ten percent, for example, for food. This is where philately meets contemporary history!

The uniqueness of German inflation has been reflected in philately and postal history. In the final phase of inflation, postage rates were only valid for a few days until the next increase.  This makes the subject of "inflation" one of the most fascinating, exciting and complex collecting areas in German philately. This special position is reflected, among other things, in the fact that the corresponding ArGe in the BDPh, the INFLA-Berlin Association, is the largest ArGe in the BDPh with over 900 members.

The 100th anniversary of "high inflation" in 2023 is reason enough for IBRA 2023 to dedicate a special show to the topic of inflation. The special show will be organised in close cooperation with INFLA-Berlin (https://www.infla-berlin.de/).