East side of the wall: Marxist, economic, soviet states Soviet Controlled Countries: Poland, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary Berlin: Capital of Germany, Central Nazi Power seat, Political center of Germany even after WW2 Berlin was located in East Germany but was a divided city Germany was divided into different regions that different Allies occupied Berlin was also divided into regions because of the political power vested in it Western Berlin was Western controlled, Eastern Berlin was Soviet controlled Soviets were taking over governments and they were trying to do the same thing in Berlin Team West wanted Germany to be a democratic, pro-capitalism society Despite the fact that Berlin was in East Germany, it was still split April 1948: Joseph Stalin wants to push the Western influence out of Berlin and wants to control all of Germany eventually o This is when the blockade was built o West Berlin was blockaded off and surrounded by Soviet troops o No railroads and trucks were allowed into West Berlin Berlin Blockade: April 1 st , 1948- May 12 th , 1949
Berlin Airlift: Team West flew planes of food, clothes, etc. nonstop into West Berlin for a year The blockade was lifted eventually The struggle that occurred between ideologies in 1948-1949 in Berlin symbolized the struggle in Europe as a whole Berlin Wall: “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” named by the GDR o Called the “Wall of Shame” by the West Berlin is important!!!!!
- Fall '08
- Cold War, Berlin, Eastern Bloc