German Reunification Explained
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German Reunification almost didn’t happen. It was opposed by nearly all world leaders. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/AveryThing Social Media Discord: … .

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32 thoughts on “German Reunification Explained

  1. Sadly, the people living in Prussia didn't just get to be polish or Russian.. they were forced out of their homes and had to flee westwards. Do to the hard winter conditions many lost their lifes or were mistreated and murdered by Soviets

  2. I don‘t think that Kohl really wanted the German „far east“ back. It may have been his wet dream but not realistic at all, achieving the small unification was hard enough on the international level and the territories were not populated by Germans anymore, the land would have caused more problems than good. The official renunciation of the claims was more of a bargaining chip than a real sacrifice he made.

  3. 10:35
    Kohl didn't want anything behind the Polish border. There was something called Ostverträge in the 70s that accepted the border of Poland.
    this is an error on your part unless you show me your sources.
    Also it is not like that any germans were living there anymore, most of them got displaced.
    I posted this comment several times with a link to MY sources, which state otherwise than what was said by you, but it keeps getting deleted.

    "Die DDR hat im Blick auf die Grenze mit der Volksrepublik Polen vor vielen Jahren schon Verträge abgeschlossen, und wir haben das gleiche doch auch getan."
    10. Januar 1990: Bundeskanzler Helmut Kohl 

    "With a view to the border with the People's Republic of Poland, the GDR signed treaties many years ago, and we did the same."
    January 10, 1990: Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl

  4. I spoke with some former East Germans who had come to the UK in 2003 on an exchange visit. I asked them their opinion on reunification – and they all said it hadn't gone well for those in the east. 30 years on I wonder what opinion those in the former DDR hold?

  5. This video is American propaganda. The commonwealth still exists. As of 1990 Canada and various other countries still have Governor Generals appointed by the head of the British Royal Family.

  6. I'd bet that if Germany helped Poland get ITS easternmost prewar territory back (from Belarus and maybe Ukraine), then they would possibly give up Pomerania, Silesia, and possibly their part of East Prussia to Germany

  7. 1:32
    There was actually hope.
    Stalin proposed to Roosevelt to unite Germany, the USSR was ready to agree to the unification of the occupation zones into a single country, to allow the existence of the German army, the military industry and free activity of democratic parties and organizations, but on condition that Germany did not participate in military blocs, that is, what ultimately happened to Austria.
    In those days (1949-1952), the USSR was busy with something completely different – the restoration of the country after the war, and it would not have time to try to win a united Germany to its side. The USSR simply wanted to create a buffer state that would reduce military spending (it would not have to be spent on huge mountain centers near the NATO borders), and redirect part of the country's budget to rebuilding industry.

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