Occupied – Partitioned – Reunified
The partitioning and reunification of Germany between 1945 and 1990, consequence of the unleashing of World War II by the German Reich and its ending in the nation’s total defeat, take a special place in the German people’s multifaceted and eventful history.
A consequence of the war was occupation by allied troops and the partitioning of the German Reich into occupation zones.
The severe differences between the western allies (USA, United Kingdom, French Republic) and the Soviet Union, prepared the ground, leading to the founding of two German states.
Each of the two states was bound into the political system and economic block of either east or west and as a consequence, the western Federal Republic of Germany and the eastern German Democratic Republic became opponents.
The social upheavals in Eastern and Southern Europe in the 1980’s, spread into the eastern German Democratic Republic and lead to the opening of the borders to western Europe.
In 1990, 45 years after the end of WWII and the partitioning of Germany, the German people could finally celebrate their reunification.
The painful history of this partitioning, with a focus on the Southern Harz Area, is carefully addressed and vividly presented in the Border Museum Bad Sachsa.