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What if Hitler and the Nazis had won World War II? This is perhaps the greatest historical 'what if' of all time. The maps and books in this post explore the idea.

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The conflict intensified when America secretly moved60 long-range bombers into the British Isles. Russia saw that theAllies did not intend to surrender so they offered the citizens of WestBerlin food on the condition that they came over to the Russian side. The West Berliners decided that they would rather starve than be underRussian authority. In May, 1949, Russia called off the failed blockade. They lost this confrontation for two reasons. First, the Russianshad not yet acquired nuclear capabilities and therefore could not stagea larger offensive. Second, the Russians were in an extremely badposition in regard to foreign relations; "...before the eyes of the world,it appeared to be trying to starve over 2 million men, women, and childrenin West Berlin. While the Berlin Airlift continuing month after monthprovided a tangible demonstration of western determination and competence."2So basically, through this whole conflict, Russia was making themselveslook like murderers and the Allies looked like saviors. The Westernpowers' unflinching support of Berlin gave other parts of Germany moreconfidence in their commitment to Germany's well-being.

Postwar Occupation and Division of Germany

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I have said nothing of the Governments allied with the Imperial Government of Germany because they have not made war upon us or challenged us to defend our right and our honour. The Austro-Hungarian Government has, indeed, avowed its unqualified endorsement and acceptance of the reckless and lawless submarine warfare adopted now without disguise by the Imperial German Government, and it has therefore not been possible for this Government to receive Count Tarnowski, the Ambassador recently accredited to this Government by the Imperial and Royal Government of Austria-Hungary; but that Government has not actually engaged in warfare against citizens of the Unites States on the seas, and I take the liberty, for the present at least, of postponing a discussion of our relations with the authorities at Vienna. We enter this war only where we are clearly forced into it because there are not other means of defending our rights.

 

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The aftereffects of World War Two were what shaped ColdWar Germany. The post-war state of Germany was grim: about 1/4 ofhousing had been destroyed, the economic infrastructure had largely collapsed,inflation was rampant, there was a shortage of food, and millions of homelessGermans from the east were returning. After its unconditional surrender,Germany was divided into four zones of Allied military occupation: American,French, British, and Soviet. The old capital of Berlin was also dividedinto four zones, but Berlin itself remained inside of the Soviet zone. In 1949, the French, British, and American zones merged and formed theFederal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublic Deutschland), with its capitalcity Bonn. Also in 1949, the Soviet zone became the German DemocraticRepublic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) with the Soviet sector of Berlinas the capital.


The establishment of zones of occupation had been decided at a series of conferences. At the conference in Casablanca, held in January 1943, British prime minister Winston Churchill's proposal to invade the Balkans and East-Central Europe via Greece was rejected. This decision opened the road for Soviet occupation of eastern Germany. At the Tehran Conference in late 1943, the western border of postwar Poland and the division of Germany were among the topics discussed. As a result of the conference, a commission began to work out detailed plans for the occupation and administration of Germany after the war. At the Yalta Conference in February 1945, participants decided that in addition to United States, British, and Soviet occupation zones in Germany, the French were also to have an occupation zone, carved out of the United States and British zones.


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During the Cold War, Germany became the center forall the tensions between Democracy and Communism. The location ofGermany as the gateway between East and West Europe made it the ideal placefor these political struggles to occur. When Russia had tried toexpand in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, they werechecked by the rising power of the German state. Therefore, afterGermany fell in World War Two, Russia attempted to begin its expansionacross a now weakened Europe.

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On May 8, 1945, the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces (Wehrmacht) was signed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in , ending World War II for Germany. The German people were suddenly confronted by a situation never before experienced in their history: the entire German territory was occupied by foreign armies, cities and infrastructure were largely reduced to rubble, the country was flooded with millions of refugees from the east, and large portions of the population were suffering from hunger and the loss of their homes. The nation-state founded by Otto von Bismarck in 1871 lay in ruins.

'Phoenix': Post-war Germany, a Jewish survivor and a …

The conferees at Potsdam also decided that each occupying power was to receive reparations in the form of goods and industrial equipment in compensation for its losses during the war. Because most German industry lay outside its zone, it was agreed that the Soviet Union was to take industrial plants from the other zones and in exchange supply them with agricultural products. The Allies, remembering the political costs of financial reparations after World War I, had decided that reparations consisting of payments in kind were less likely to imperil the peace after World War II.