Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fact of the Day: Stalin Germany

In 1952 Joseph Stalin proposed a reunited West Germany and East Germany in a neutral state with basic guarantees for freedom. Western nations were rather skeptical and were expecting a bluff so they turned him down. While it is true they had a chance of a unified Germany, many feared that in time that a whole Germany would be a puppet-state for the Soviet Union instead of just the eastern half. 

10 comments:

  1. I don't blame 'em! Russia and USA rule the UN!
    Don't wanna be another country's bitch.

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  2. I didn't realize that Germany was split in two. Is it still this way or have they since been united?

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    1. They became one again in the late 1980s; that was what Reagan and the fall of the Berlin Wall was all about. :)

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    2. God almighty - what, if any history, are you aware of?

      I believe the "ICH BIN EIN BERLINER" speech by JFK was the
      spark that started the pressure on the East Germans and the Soviets to "think again" about treatment of citizens.
      Then by 9th November 1989, with Mikhail Gorbachev, the Polish Solidarity situation of Gdansk, the Polish Pope
      and others, the pressure on the East Germans was overbearing, so I wouldn't go so far to give all the plaudits to "Ronnie Reagan", but he certainly had an influence.
      Colin

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  3. Who knows what he really had in mind

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  4. Not a fact I knew, either; thanks for sharing, Adam.

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  5. A united Soviet Satellite state!!!
    Thank God it never came to fruition.
    Colin

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