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After the Berlin Wall: Putting Two Germanys Back Together Again
 
 

After the Berlin Wall: Putting Two Germanys Back Together Again [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hilton

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On 7 May 1945, Grand Admiral Donitz, named in Hitler's will as head of state, authorised the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies on the following day. World War II in Europe was at an end. But many of the German people would continue to endure hardships, as both the country and the capital were to be divided between France, the UK and the USA in the west and the USSR in the east. East and West Germany, and East and West Berlin, would remain divided until 1989. By October 1990, however, the two countries were reunited, and the Berlin Reichstag was once again the seat of government. Here, politicians would put East and West back together again, marrying a totalitarian, atheist, communist system with a democratic, Christian, capitalist one. How did this marriage affect the everyday life of ordinary Germans? How did combining two telephone systems, two postal services, hospitals, farm land, property, industry, railways and roads work? How were women's rights, welfare, pensions, trades unions, arts, rents, and housing affected? There had been no warning of this marriage and no preparation for it - and no country had ever tried putting two completely opposite systems together before. This is the story of what happened, in the words of the people it happened to - the people's story of an incredible unification.

About the Author

Christopher Hilton is a writer and journalist. He is the author of "Mayflower: The Voyage that Changed the World," "The Wall: The People's Story," and "The Women's War: Voices from September 11."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B22XZK
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, worth reading 31 May 2012
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This gives a more diverse view of the events and the affect on life of the falling of the Berlin Wall.
Well researched and gives a very human perspective on this world changing event.
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