Take the 2-minute tour ×
History Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for historians and history buffs. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What do modern German citizens feel about the defeat in WW2 and division of Germany in the hands of USA + UK?

How do they feel about the current presence of 52440 US troops in the soil of Germany?

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by Steven Drennon Jul 17 '12 at 14:45

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Who was Germany divided between? I'm confused. –  slybloty Jul 16 '12 at 17:34
It was divided between the four victorious powers, USA, France, GB and UdSSR. Later, during the Cold War, it was divided into the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (West Germany) and the German "Democratic" Republic (East Germany). –  Birk Jul 16 '12 at 17:49
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  BROY Jul 17 '12 at 17:07
militarybases.com/overseas/germany –  BROY Jul 17 '12 at 17:08
It was divided by France getting some of Germany by the border, Poland was created and made bigger than when they created that country for the first time in 1919, Italy got some new lands and the Czech Republic got some. After those divisions what was left was divided into four peaces, one for France, Britain, the States and one for the Soviet Union, and the capital was then split again into four more peaces. So yeah... it was divided. –  user202 Jul 19 '12 at 16:15

1 Answer 1

As a "modern" German citizen (student) I can say that there is division of opinions.

There are those people really hating Americans because they intervened in WW2, but those are mostly elder people belonging to a very small minority. As there are people hating Americans there are also people having prejudices against British, also because there seem to be many British who do not like Germans.

The broad majority disassociates oneself from Nazi-Germany and many people see British and particularly Americans as their friends because especially American soldiers helped to rebuild the country. Only one example is that the Germans in Berlin, which was divided into four districts (France, GB, USA, UdSSR), were supplied with food by American planes when the UdSSR closed the borders to the capital. (Although Berlin was divided into four zones it was surrounded by the Sovjet zone). My grandfather also told me that the children in his village really liked American soldiers because they distributed chewing gums and other sweets. Later my grandfather had lived in America for some years and he often returns to visit some parts of our family or just to go on vacation.

Today Germany is living a modern and liberal lifestyle and young Germans are like young Americans, liking to make parties, listening to good, mostly English, music etc.

I guess, most of all Germans would like to roll back in time to undo both World Wars. Nobody has forgotten our past, but often it is unfair for the younger generations to be treated like new Nazis.


How do they feel about the current presence of 52440 US troops in the soil of Germany?

If you don't live near Rammstein/other American military bases, you will not even recognize them. But in Rammstein they are relatively present as there are American schools and supermarkets and English is even an official language for local authorities.

share|improve this answer
About that last paragraph: IMHO the humility Germany has about WW2 is precisely why the rest of the world can now deal with Germany being reunited. We Americans have much the same issues with our history of slavery and racial injustice. Many would prefer to forget or pretend it didn't happen, but frankly we need to remember. A powerful country (or person) going around believing they can do no wrong is a menace to everybody. –  T.E.D. Jul 16 '12 at 18:02
@T.E.D., people need to remember so they understand the wrong people can do. But they don't need to feel any shame -- a modern German is no more at fault for WW2 than anyone else. –  Joe Jul 16 '12 at 20:16
As I know the Germans hated the presence of Soviet troops. Why they are content with US troops but so much hated the Soviet ones? –  Anixx Jul 18 '12 at 14:55
I saw a footage from about 1989 or 1990 where after the departure of Soviet troops the German youth entered the abandoned building, breaking everything they saw with sticks and crows. –  Anixx Jul 18 '12 at 15:03

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.