1949 – one year, two Germanies | DW Documentary
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1949 was a special year in German history as two separate states were founded almost in parallel. The division into East and West Germany reflected the … .

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43 thoughts on “1949 – one year, two Germanies | DW Documentary

  1. An outstanding documentary. I love that it's fact. Not opinion. It doesn't seek to nudge or judge. First class.

    On a different note..
    How amazing is it that peace dominates in Europe? Especially after the carnage of WW2.

  2. So just bypass how many wealthy Nazis were not persecuted, helped to rebuild western Germany in return for that, still held positions of high power, and countless other ways the US, France, and England helped to propagandize the evils of communism? The western countries did nothing but try and manipulate people with consumerism and an artificial currency. They also were so lucky to have to the better part of Germany for natural resources and factories. East Germany was nearly obliterated, lacked resources, and had to pay reparations to Russia till 1953. It was mainly after the finishing of paying those reparations and the death of Stalin did communism start to take a better affect for the east. Overall, the DDR accomplished amazing things in the time that it had. Yeah, there were going to be those that weren't happy, and wanted to flee, but I as an American would have been a proud DDR supporter.

  3. Hey we as kids sat around the oven in the kitchen where mother cooked and did her chores for us,we always said that our bedrooms were the coldest places in the world. We had the breath sometimes freezing in our hair at night.Also I remember that my mother sent care packeges to Germany and the Czechoslovakia.We used to collect empty jam jars to get Tuppence for each one then the money went towards the Care boxes for Germany. Germany went off of Rationing at least around the end of the 1940's (1949 /1950) we in England were still on rationing till after the Suez Crises ! We were poor but we could find left over potatoes in the newly harvested fields.Even Caulieflowers and cabbages would be left behind in the Harvested fields because they were damaged but we saved the good parts for home.So Germany wants to think about who had it worst they certainly had it better than we in the UK or other smashed countries.It was the USAAF later the USAF personnel that gave us kids presents of sweets and cakes etc.They could see how mother was working and looking after us three kids.The Americans were very kind to us and we shall always be thankfull to them.We lived about 3 miles from a RAF/USAF fighter base so we had a large population of Americans with us there. God Bless Them all and the USA.
    PS. UK finally was able to finish paying back to the USA the war debts because Ronald Regan and Margret Thatcher were able to organise it in the early 1980's. Germany had onlt the compensations to pay the occupied nations as war reparation but they were doing that off and on over the years but their debts did not affect them till the Fall of the wall by then they had plent to pay with. so from 1945 till 1989 approx they were not paying a lot But UK debt to the USA was huge till it reached the Moon and back for sure.Again Germany was treated very well so they suffered way less than us other nations.Further we used to say never win a war against the USA it is way better to loose a war because the USA will look after you so well !

  4. At least they recovered and got helped for reconstruction Just imagine if it have been a black nation ! The Germans are mostly great people and these who doesn’t endorse this shameful past should not be held responsible for the past .

  5. Its an age of cloud compcuting . Though its not cloud in actual or true scene. But I whish if it were cloud in true scenes and DW's outstanding quality documentaries remained in clouds for ever in Earth's atmosphere even when human specie were gone for ever in several millions ( may be in houndres of years ) of years and after billion of years ( if Sun didn't become a Red giant , engulfing time-space upto Mars orbit ) these precious documentaries were discovered by some advanced aliens .

  6. As a visually impaired person I can’t thank you enough for interpreting the German speakers and footage rather than just subtitling it. You’ve made this more accessible to and enjoyable for many many people.

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