East Germany

Flag

East Germans are not Eastern Europeans!

The East German economy began poorly because of the devastation caused by the Second World War; the loss of so many young soldiers, the disruption of business and transportation, and finally reparations owed to the USSR. The Red Army dismantled and transported to Russia the infrastructure and industrial plants of the Soviet Zone of Occupation. By the early 1950s, the reparations were paid in agricultural and industrial products; and Lower Silesia, with its coal mines and Szczecin, an important natural port, were given to Poland by the decision of Stalin.

The socialist centrally planned economy of the German Democratic Republic was like that of the USSR. In 1950, the GDR joined the COMECON trade bloc. In 1985, collective (state) enterprises earned 96.7% of the net national income. To ensure stable prices for goods and services, the state paid 80% of basic supply costs. The estimated 1984 per capita income was $9,800 ($22,600 in 2015 dollars). In 1976, the average annual growth of the GDP was approximately five percent.

This made East German economy the richest in all of the Soviet Bloc until 1990 after the fall of Communism in the country.

Wikipedia

East and West Germany quickly became the best at industry, economic, etc. in each their block, this is not a coincidence!

East Germans are not Eastern Europeans!

National emblem (1955–1990) of East Germany

National emblem (1955–1990) of East Germany

Ordensburg Marienburg

Königsberg Castle

East German Castles and Mansions

Breslau Puppet Theater

Breslau Water Tower

Stolen Land: Breslau

Stolen Land: Stettin

Stolen Land: Rastenburg

Stolen Land: Danzig

Stolen Land – Oder–Neisse line

The Disappearance of the Eastern Germans

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is DcB1XAkW0AARAE9.jpg

Germany 1945 vs Poland 2004

Net contributors to the EU budget

Which Countries Are the Biggest Boost or Drag on the EU Budget?

Europe after the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union: 2004-2014

The West offered aid, and the East accepted it

A 1994 view on “the incumbent poor four” and “the eastern enlargement”.

One comment

  1. Viking Life Blog · August 8

    East German Afrika Korps

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s