Tag Archives: East Germany

today’s birthday: Helmut Schmidt (1918)


Helmut Schmidt (1918)

Schmidt is a German Social Democratic statesman who was the chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. His administration was characterized by a tough approach to the worldwide economic recession of the era. He was committed to improving relations with East Germany and the USSR, and he succeeded in cultivating ties with France, encouraging economic cooperation among western European nations, and maintaining close relations with the US. Why was he the subject of a police inquiry in 2008? More… Discuss

Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37: great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37

Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance: great compositions/performances


Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance

this day in the yesteryear: The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1


The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1

this day in the yesteryear: Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow (1990)


Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow (1990)

The Two Plus Four Agreement, also known as the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany, was the final peace treaty negotiated between West Germany and East Germany—the “Two”—and the four powers that occupied Germany at the end of World War II: France, the UK, the US, and the Soviet Union. The treaty paved the way for the German reunification, which took place less than a month later, on October 3. What rights did the four powers renounce under the treaty’s terms? More… Discuss

From ProPublica: Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany (“Germany lacks the long tradition of strong individual freedoms the state has guaranteed in the U.S. for more than 200 years. Precisely because of that, these values, imported from the Western allies after 1945, are not taken for granted.”)


From ProPublica-_-Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany

From ProPublica-_-Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany (click to access the website)

EXCERPTS FROM THE REPORT: 

Now there is a James-Bond vibe to pre-election season: Newspapers publishextensive guides on how to encrypt emails. People question whether they should still use U.S.-based social networks. The German government seems to be under more pressure over the revelations than the American one.

“What makes Germans so sensitive about their data? Many have pointed to Germany’s history: Both the Nazi secret police Gestapo and the East German Stasi spied extensively on citizens, encouraging snitching among neighbors and acquiring private communication.

But that’s not the whole story. Politics and the media in Germany today are dominated by (male) citizens raised in the democratic West who have no personal recollection of either of the Stasi or Gestapo.

Germany lacks the long tradition of strong individual freedoms the state has guaranteed in the U.S. for more than 200 years. Precisely because of that, these values, imported from the Western allies after 1945, are not taken for granted.”