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I sometimes feel that East Germans, in particular, have never fully renounced the authoritarianism and totalitarianism of the Nazi era to the extent that West Germans did, as part of their transformation and reconstruction after the war. The Americans were regarded as genuine liberators, certainly when compared to the Russians and British. East Germany replaced a Nazi regime with an increasingly totalitarian communist one and some (notably the AfD) still hanker after the good old days.

I don't know how east German women, in particular, have fared since re-unification, beyond sharing in the economic disruption which made most of east German industry redundant. West German women seem to have achieved a high degree of equality compared to eastern Europe.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:36:46 PM EST
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Well, it took an East German to become the first Chancellor, eh? :-)

The article I referred to was talking about Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, as far as I can remember. I don't think Germany really counts as Eastern Europe (at least not after WWII), although I'm the first to admit the lines are not very clear to me.

Nowadays I tend work more from the idea that there's Northeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe and an overlapping area between to the two.

by pelgus on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 07:05:04 PM EST
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