Germany After WW2
Information about Germany after WW2:
After World War II, life in Germany was completely different. A global
conflict spanning the years 1939-1945 had come to an end. Globally, around
110 million soldiers (WW2 soldiers) were putting down their weapons, and some 20
million of them were in Germany.
There was immense damage to Germany’s infrastructure,
and many transport routes and methods of transportation were severely
damaged. After WW2, Germany had about 5 million buildings, including
some 1,600,000 homes, destroyed.
The scale of Germany’s defeat was so immense that the spirit of denial
that had been prevalent in 1918 did not re-surge in 1945 (World War 2 Casualties). This mentality
facilitated the introduction of a democratic society in West Germany.
The role of women in Germany also changed after WW2. The
personal experience of women in wartime, whether as a factory worker in
the weapons factors (WW2 aircraft), or struggling as a partisan, changed the way that
women saw themselves and their place in society. The traditional role of
women in Germany was being questioned, and women wanted to keep their
freedom in the post-war German society. It is important to mention the
“rubble women” (Trümmerfrauen) in this context.
The impact and development of WW2 also shaped social and moral
values of Germans in the long-term. The division of Germany into the
Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, also known as West Germany) and the
German Democratic Republic (GDR, also known as East Germany) are further
examples of the political development of Germany in those days.
The development of Europe was also highly influenced by the events of
WW2. Just like Germany, many European countries went from dictatorships
to democratic states.