potsdammer

PRESTIGIOUS PRUSSIAN HOME DEFENCE

>buy 1809 Potsdam musket for home defense

>finally one night hear a crash

>don handlebar moustache and Grenadiermutze

>musket ready to fire

>home surround sound doesn’t exist

>Prussian military fife and drum Kapell of the Potsdammer Riesengarde on standby in the closet, march out of closet rank and file and commence with “Helenenmarsch”

>”HUNDE, WOLLT IHR ETWA EWIG LEBEN!”

>march downstairs in an orderly fashion

>two Bavarians are carrying my tobacco pipe collection and hunting dogs, not to mention all my Thaler

>give him a dose of Prussian enlightenment

>put a Sanssouci size hole in one of them

>the other Schweinhund drops pipes, dogs and coins and faces me in tradition battle formation

>draw my Preußen  M73 Blankwaffe

>charge into him in a cold, prestigious fashion, throwing Kartoffeln all the while

>jam my sabre into his arschloch as he tries to climb into a Pferdekutsche, making sure to not persecute him for his religion at the same time

>Jedem das Seine.painting

>call the Feldgenarmerie

>have Kartoffelpuffer ready for them

German Vocab (& History) - East Germany - Beginnings

So I thought I’d do something new since I’ve been reading a lot about German history in the past few weeks.

I’ll be doing a series on vocab related to East Germany, but not only will I put the vocab, I’ll also explain the historical context behind the term - e.g. if I just say “die Bodenreform means land reform” you’re gonna be nonethewiser.

This week it’s all about “beginnings” - so vocab and history for events that led up to the separation of East & West Germany - enjoy! :)

Words (explanations at bottom)

0. das Potsdammer Abkommen - the Potsdam Agreement
1. die Besatzungszone(n) - the occupation zone
2. der Bündnispartner(-) - the ally
3. die Westallierten - the western allies
4. der Allierte Kontrollrat/die vier Mächte - the Allied Control Council / the 4 powers
5. die sovjetische Militäradministration in Deutschland (SMAD) - the soviet military administration in Germany (SMAD)
6. die Deutsche Zentralverwaltungen - the German Central Administration
7. der Nürnberger Prozesse - the Nuremberg Trials
8. die Bodenreform - the land reform
9. die KPD - the Communist Party of Germany
10. die CDU - the Christian Democract Union
11. die LDPD - the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany
12. die SPD - the Social Democratic Party of Germany
13. die SED - the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
14. die Zwangsvereinigung - the forced merger
15. die Bizone/die vereingte Wirtschaftsgebiet - the Bizone/united economic area
16. der Marshallplan - the Marshall Plan
17. das kommunistische Informationsbüro (das Kominform) - the communist information bureau (the Cominform)
18.
die Trizone/Westzone/”Trizonesien” - the Trizone/West Zone/’Trizonesia’
19. die Währungsreform(en) - the currency reform
20. die Ostmark(-) - the East German Mark
21. die Berlin-Blockade/der Erste Berlin-Krise - the Berlin Blockade
22. die Luftbrücke(n) - the airlift
23. die Frankfurter Dokkumente - the frankfurt documents
24. der parlamentische Rat(äe) - the parliamentary council
25. das Grundgesetz - lit. “the ground law”; Germany’s “””constitution”””
26. die Volkskongressbewegung - the people’s congress movement
27. der Volksrat(äe) - the people’s council
28. die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BRD) - the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)
29. die provisorische Volkskammer - the provisional people’s chamber
30. die Spalter und die Spaltermark - the splitters and the “Splitter Mark”.

Explanations

0. An agreement between the UK, US, and Soviet Union about the reconstruction of Germany including denazification, reparations etc.
1. Germany was divided into 4 occupation zones - UK in North West, America in the South, France in the Southwest and the Soviet Union in the East.
2. The UK, US, and Soviet Union were allies in WW2.
3. This refers to the UK, US and France somehow got invited ;)
4. This was the governing body which dealt with pretty much all matters of Germany & oversaw everythin; consisted of military from UK, US, SU & France.
5. This was the governing (military) body dealing with matters of the east.
6. German civil authorities that possessed power over matters like finance and transport; only allowed in Soviet zone ‘cause the West hated the idea.
7. A series of tribunals to prosecute those involved in Hitler’s regime.
8. In the Soviet zone this was enacted to take power away from Junker aristocracy by making all landowners with 100+ hectares lose their holdings; the infamous slogan for it was “Junkerland in Bauernhand”/”Junker’s land in farmer’s hands” referencing to how the land would be redistributed.
9. First political party allowed by Soviet military on June 10th 1945.
10. Allowed shortly after^, a more conservative party.
11. Allowed shortly after^^, a combination of many old liberal parties.
12. Allowed shortly after^^^, an old party that was banned during Hitler’s regime.
13. Arose after the KPD & the SPD merged together.
14. Since other social democrats who opposed the merger weren’t allowed to set up a separate SPD alongside the SED, they claim it was a “forced merger”.
15. On Jan. 1st 1947, the UK & US united their zones economically to form Bizone.
16. This was a plan instigated by sec. of state George Marshall on 5th June 1947 to promise economic aid to Europe. It was approved by congress in April 1948 to give $17 billion worth of aid to help countries fight communism.
17. Basically a meeting of lots of communist parties to discuss the future of the soviet union and the fight against imperalist, antidemocratic [western] allies.
18. France finally got its act together and joined the Bizone making it the Trizone, thus the first sign of Western Germany starts to appear.
19. On June 20 1948 the Western Allies initiated this; the old Reichsmark was worthless so they replaced it was the (now former) Deutschmark.
20.The Soviets threw a tantrum about not being informed about this currency and made their own - the Ostmark. It became the only legal tender in East Germany and they shut the borders to stop “blackmarket of illegal tender”… which then led to them keeping them shut for 11 months; Berlin Blockade.
21. This was a period of 11 months whereby the Soviets blocked transport routes and supply routes in/out of West & East Berlin, in hope that the allies would give up and hand over Berlin…. yeah it didn’t work and no-one benefited.
22. During the blockade almost 7,000 tonnes of supplies were delivered by airlift every day to West Berlin. At peak times, 1 plane  landed every 2 minutes .
23. A bunch of documents including proposals for the West German State; published August 1st 1948.
24. This was the body that carried out the planning for West Germany.
25. It was a constitution made for the West German state, it was meant to be temporary (das Provisorium - the short-term arrangement) as they assumed the Soviets would eventually kiss n make up so they called it Grundgesetz NOT Verfassung which is the word for constitution. But ye it’s still their constitution.
26. An East German political forum, with unelected reps. from political parties and other movements, where constitutional debate was discussed.
27. The actual body that worked on the new constitution for East Germany.
28. West Germany - established 23rd May 1949.
29. The Volksrat (27.) declared itself the provisional people’s chamber (basically the government….sorta) when East Germany was founded.
30. Some Soviets use these terms to refer to how the Western Allies pushed Germany apart, like “Splitters”; especially with the unexpected currency reform, hence the term “Splitmark”.

God I hope someone enjoys this it took forever to write.