Tearing Down That Wall

On November 10, 1989, Germans began tearing down the Berlin Wall following its premature opening the evening before. The Berlin Wall, Berliner Mauer in German, was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting in the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) … Continue reading Tearing Down That Wall

Saar #288 (1957)

Saar [German Administration] #288 (1957)

The Saarland (das Saarland in German la Sarre in French) is one of the sixteen states (or Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The state borders France (département of Moselle, which forms part of the région of Grand Est) to the south and west, Luxembourg (Grevenmacher District) to the west and Rheinland-Pfalz to the north and the east. It is named after the Saar River, a … Continue reading Saar [German Administration] #288 (1957)

Germany #2441A (2007)

Germany [Reunification] #2441A (2007)

The German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) joined the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG/West Germany) to form the reunited nation of Germany, and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz constitution Article 23. The end of the unification process is officially referred to as German unity (Deutsche Einheit), … Continue reading Germany [Reunification] #2441A (2007)

Germany [Federal Republic] #1350 (1981)

Germany [Federal Republic] #1350 (1981)

The Federal Republic of Germany,(Bundesrepublik Deutschland, also known as BRD and West Germany) was established from eleven states formed in the three Allied Zones of occupation held by the United States, the United Kingdom and France (the “Western Zones”). The Federal Republic was founded on May 23, 1949, and was declared “fully sovereign” on May 5, 1955. The Western troops remained there as part of the … Continue reading Germany [Federal Republic] #1350 (1981)

Germany [West Berlin] #9N212 (1964)

Germany [West Berlin] #9N201 (1962)

West Berlin was a city that existed in the period between the end of the Berlin Blockade on May 12, 1949, to German reunification on October 3, 1990, as a political enclave surrounded by East Berlin and East Germany. It was 100 miles (161 kilometres) east of the Inner German border and only accessible by land from West Germany by narrow rail and highway corridors. … Continue reading Germany [West Berlin] #9N201 (1962)

Germany [Allied Occupation] #583 (1948)

Germany [Allied Occupation] #583 (1948)

Upon the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, the victorious Allied powers asserted their authority over all territory of the German Reich which lay west of the Oder–Neisse line, having formally abolished the government of Adolf Hitler. The four powers divided Germany into four occupation zones for administrative purposes, into what is collectively known now as Allied-occupied Germany (Alliierten-besetztes Deutschland). The occupation resulted in … Continue reading Germany [Allied Occupation] #583 (1948)