Berlin At The End Of World War Two

Berlin After WW2

At the tail end of World War Two, Germany was in financial, political and physical ruins. The war wiped out around 11% of its population, took from it 25% of its territory, and reduced its agricultural productivity levels to a fraction of what they were before the war. To the dismay of some of its beneficiaries, Marshall Plan funds were disbursed to West Germany from 1949 to 1952, where it received $1.45 billion in economic and technical aid. Proving that the definition of an enemy is inherently situational, when the Cold War began to heat up in the 50s, NATO allowed West Germany to join its ranks. Total recovery soon followed suit.

The Astounding Artwork Of The Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall Art Kissing Men

Source: And Berlin

In the early hours of Sunday, August 13th 1961, hundreds of guards took their positions on the demarcation line at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Ripping apart roads running alongside the border and bisecting East and West Germany with a forbidding barbed wire fence, loyal members of the German Democratic Republic conveyed to the world their iron-fisted, Soviet separatist resolve. But for those who lived through the Berlin Wall’s oppressive existence, the stone barricade represented a damning limit on their right to self-determination and freedom in an increasingly democratizing world.

Berlin Art Get Human

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A Classic Cologne

Cologne Germany

Situated alongside the beautiful Rhine River, the metropolitan and art-rich city has roots stemming back all the way to 50 AD.

Munich Loves You

Munich Germany

München mag dich, or “Munich loves you” is the Bavarian city’s motto, but with views like this it could just as easily be said that you should love Munich. If its sights aren’t enough to wow you, perhaps its forward-thinking livability will. Munich is consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities and in 2010 was dubbed one of the most socially and economically innovative cities in the world by Innovation Cities.

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