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Unformatted text preview: later, the U.S. Army occupied what was left of the town. The birthplace of
the Hitler Youth, the most Nazified city in Saxony, gained another distinction only weeks before the war ended. More bombs were dropped
on Plauen, per square mile, than on any other city in eastern Germany — roughly three times as many as were dropped on Dresden.
Although the carnage was far worse in Dresden, a larger proportion of Plauen’s buildings was destroyed. At the end of the war, about 75
percent of Plauen lay in ruins.
When the Allies divided their spheres of influence in Germany, Plauen’s misfortune continued. The U.S. Army pulled out of the city and
the Soviet army rolled in. Plauen became part of the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR), but just barely. The new border with
West Germany was only nine miles away. Plauen languished under Communist rule. It lost one-third of its prewar population. Sitting in a
remote corner of the GDR, it received little attention or investment from the Communist party leadership in East Berlin. Much of Plauen was
never rebuilt; parking lots and empty lot...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08