Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Post Germany after the Holocaust

Most of world identifies Germany with the Nazi regime and their persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust. Many Jews were killed, tortured or relocated as slaves, long before Hitler was born. Germans were taught that Jews were weak and inferior, a "Jewish Poison" (Gustavo, P., 2005). The Aryan Nation was born in the late 1800's and by the early 1900's the movement has spread throughout Germany gaining many new recruits. Before long, the Aryan movement had gained popularity in other countries around Germany.

However, there is more to the country than the racism and discrimination that lead to WWI and WWII. After the war, the Nazi party officials faced war crimes and the country began re-building the country. Unfortunately, political negotiations between the western and eastern allies failed. So, they built a solid concrete wall and used barbed wires, in order to separate the city of Berlin in 1961 (Burkhard, K., 2007).

West Germany was governed by the western allies "U.S. and East Germany was controlled by the U.S.S.R. Politic continued to play a role in the economy and the people once again suffered. But in 1990, the east and the west became one society. Many people saw family members and friends; for the first time in years. Sadly, some learned of their loved ones death and where they were laid to rest.

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