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Did Poland plant forests near the post-war German border for military protection?

Are the following statements correct, and are there any quality sources to confirm? East of rivers Oder and Neisse, there are huge forests. Covering ground that was agricultural land before WW II. ...
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Bismarck urged not to hinder Russia from going deeper into the "oriental dead end." What did he mean by "oriental dead end?"

In his letter of 03 May 1888, Otto von Bismarck, the then-Chancellor of Germany, wrote to Prince Heinrich VII Reuß, the then-Ambassador of Germany to Austria-Hungary: Durch einen Angriff auf das ...
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What did "The Emperor of the Atlantic greets the Emperor of the Pacific" mean (Germany pre-WW1)?

From the 1907 Eyre Crowe memorandum ("Perceptions of German Foreign Policy in England"): No one who has a knowledge of German political thought, and who enjoys the confidence of German ...
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What Is this circa 1930 German object: a toy set, a poster or something else?

I have a low resolution reproduction of an old photograph, the original unfortunately no longer exists. It was taken at Christmas, with a nativity scene in the foreground and a Christmas tree on the ...
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What is this unusual German army jacket?

I recently bought a military jacket and was wondering which part of the German army it belonged to. I couldn't find any information on the Internet, seems like this jacket is rare. This jacket ...
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What exactly was the position of ‘Party Minister’ assigned to Martin Bormann in Hitler’s will?

In Hitler’s last will and testament, he assigns all the different offices and functions prior to that held by him and the members of his cabinet to new office-holders-Dönitz became Reichpresident, ...
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How much oil was Germany able to secure after invasion of France?

How much oil was Germany able to secure after its invasion of France in 1940 from the French oil stockpiles? Was this a significant amount that allowed for further Operations, e.g. during Barbarossa ...
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What happened in Ifta / Wolfmannsgehau in 1640, during the 30-years war?

I'm currently working on my ancestors from Ifta. I'm trying to understand this church entry from 1640. The German Wikipedia's entry for Wolfmannsgehau is the only reference I've been able to find ...
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What was the standard time in the Principality of Lippe?

Before the German Reich introduced the Middle European Time as standard time for the whole of Germany in 1893, which time was used in the Principality of Lippe (Fürstentum Lippe)?
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German influence in Strasbourg [closed]

I recently visited Strasbourg and I was impressed by the fact that many place names were German. I knew that Strasbourg was under German occupation. But, the years it was in German rule , in my ...
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Why weren’t resettled Germans compensated for their confiscated land in Prussian Pomerania after WWII?

My great-aunt and her two children were expelled from their family farm in the Prussian Province of Pomerania, at Rummelsburg (now known as Miastko), near Wernershof (now Gołębsko). They were given no ...
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What was the physical appearance of Theodoric I, the King of the Visigoths?

What was the physical appearance of Theodoric I, the King of the Visigoths? Although there are paintings portraying him as blonde, I haven't come across any sources that provide a description of his ...
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Which artist had a special exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Bonn in summer 2012?

In the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Summer 2012, I can remember there was a special exhibition on show about an (probably American) contemporary abstract expressionist artist who did graffiti like abstract art ...
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Where can I find a detailed map of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Rotenburg as it existed in 1648?

Where online can I find a map of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Rotenburg (aka the 'Rotenburger Quart') as it existed between 1648 (ie, after the Peace of Westphalia) and 1658 (when Hermann IV von Hessen-...
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Did West Germany build or mandate bomb shelters for ordinary civilians?

I know they had a government bunker (AdVB) next to Bonn, mostly dismantled [but partly turned into a museum] after moving the capital. And they probably inherited a number of air raid shelters for ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

The path for men in Nazi Germany seemed to be being part of the Hitlerjugend until the age of eighteen, then serving in the Reichsarbeitsdienst for six months, and then doing two years in the ...
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Why would people join a bloc party?

In the former Soviet Union satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe, apart from the ruling Communist Party, there were bloc parties, to give a façade of democracy. I can understand the interest ...
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When and how was West/East-German citizenship determined in the early years of post-war Germany? [duplicate]

In the post-war period of Germany, before the Wall was built in 1961, many people crossed the border between East and West. Later on, this was obviously not possible anymore, as the GDR famously ...
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Was there a German embassy open in 1941 Lisbon?

I'm researching Lisbon, 1941, for a historical novel. I've searched for info on the web already, and so far found nothing specific. I need to know if there was a German embassy: thus, other than ...
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How long did it take approximately for a person to travel from Basel to Hanover (1753) by any means of transport?

I am writing a short story on someone's journey from Basel to Hanover and was wondering if it was a reasonable amount of time to do so, if not I would love some other now day German city that would be ...
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Were members of SA or SS paid - especially before 1933?

I understand that the SA and SS already were pretty large organizations with tens of thousands of members, even before the NSDAP took over the rule in 1933. Have the SA and SS been volunteer ...
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What was the culture context for having close relationship between boss and workers in early 1900s Germany?

I'm reading Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka. In the beginning parts of it, the story involves the protagonist Gregor's manager visiting him a few times, to figure out why he wasn't coming to work (...
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What was life like in Korbach, Hesse, Germany during the 1700s?

I have been trying to learn about Korbach, Hesse relative to my family history. I have an ancestor who was born there around 1728. He married in Efferen (close to Cologne) in 1765 as a Catholic and ...
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How did 19th century Germany pull so far ahead of its contemporaries? [closed]

I'm not well-read, but I got the impression that Europeans (e.g. Gilbert and Sullivan, Bizet, Smetena) rejected German art while they pulled ahead in engineering and mathematics. Stephenson may have ...
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How could people hear the proclamations of the republic in Germany in 1918?

On November 9th, 1918 both Philipp Scheidemann and Karl Liebknecht made their proclamations (see Wikipedia). In many TV documentaries one can see a huge crowd of thousands of people listening. ...
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"We, who've been connected by blood to Prussia's throne and people since Düppel"

I was listening to an old German song on Youtube and heard the following mysterious lines: wir, die seit Düppel durch des Blutes Bande an Preußens Thron und Volk gekettet sind My translation of ...
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Where did Friedrich Schumann work?

I am working on a project regarding the German serial killer Friedrich Schumann (*1893 in Spandau; †August 1921, executed JVA Plötzensee). In my research I found that he supposedly worked at the "...
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Are Luther and Calvin responsible for executing more humans than the Catholic Inquisition?

Here is a quote from one Russian Orthodox priest: "The number of witches burned by Luther is way greater then the number of those burnt by any (Catholic) Inquisition within one hundred years. ...
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Why didn't the early chancellors of the German Empire belong to any political party?

I was checking the political party affiliations of the chancellors of the 2nd Reich, and it appears that until the later years of World War 1, all of them were politically independent. This is in ...
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Who is 'Chlodebaudo/Chlodebaud' in the Merovingian-era Clovis I genealogy & Charlemagne ancestry, supposedly mentioned in a Salic Law manuscript?

In Henry H. Howorth's The Ethnology of Germany.-Part VI. The Varini, Varangians, and Franks.-Section II (1884), p.228 he writes: We must remember also that in a genealogical table attached to an old ...
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When did Silesia become a part of the Holy Roman Empire?

As the question says, when did Silesia become a part of the HRE? The wikipedia article on Silesia claims some of them entered into a fiefdom relationship with Bohemia, therefore becoming a part of the ...
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What was the extent of Kohl's government opposition to the independence of Ukraine?

There's a (paywalled) piece in Der Spiegel summarized as In 1991, the Helmut Kohl government wanted to prevent the eastward expansion of NATO and the independence of Ukraine - this is shown by ...
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How could a man be made a bishop of a place while not having received major orders?

This article on Franz Wilhelm von Wartenberg, which cites this Catholic Encyclopedia article describes von Wartenberg as having been made a bishop of two different places before even being ordained a ...
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Is the story of Peter Niers brutal execution authentic?

Okay, so I asked a similar question to this on the Medical Stack Exchange. It's not doing too well (2 downvotes), and I can kind of get it. Medical professionals want nothing to do with the harm of ...
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Was the unemployment rate in the Nazi regime lower than the Weimar Republic?

We know that the Nazis didn't count women, Jews, and National Labour Service in the unemployment statistics, which was called 'invisible unemployment', Putting the 'invisible unemployment' scenario ...
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How culturally different were the small German states within the late HRE? [closed]

I was reading online about the formation of the German Empire and encountered the phrases: At [the time the HRE came to an end] German identity only existed in a somewhat basic and symbolic form. ...
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Did a British civilian row across the channel and shoot 6 Luftwaffe pilots?

As we were studying WWII, our history teacher told us a story that, to me at least, seemed apocryphal. But given that she didn't provide any citations, I was unable to confirm our falsify her story. ...
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Were there luxury restaurants in East Germany?

I was recently reading the excellent book Mac B, Kid Spy: Mac Saves the World by Mac Barnett. It is set in 1989, and Mac crosses the Berlin Wall to infiltrate the Television Tower in East Berlin. I ...
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Have any non-German NATO forces been stationed in Eastern Germany since reunification? [closed]

What, if any, non-German NATO forces have been stationed in Eastern Germany (i.e. the former GDR territory) since reunification?
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Was there an East German counterpart to the Goethe-Institut?

The Goethe-Institut is a cultural association founded by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1951. It established offices all over the FRG, as well as in foreign countries, to offer German language ...
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How long would a letter take to arrive in Geneva from Ingolstadt? (Georgian era)

The two cities are ~300 miles (488 km) apart as the crow flies. In the late 1700s/early 1800s, how long would it take to send a letter from Ingolstadt to Geneva, and vice versa?
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In the coat of arms of Georg von Frundsberg, where does the ostrich come from?

Georg von Frundsberg (24 September 1473 – 20 August 1528) and all his successors had a dual coat of arms - one part with a black mountain, the other with a white or silver ostrich. Some heraldry ...
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What do the last four digits of this postal cancellation stamp mean?

How does one interpret the last digits "10-11"? The ones after the date?
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Why did the number of Nazis in the Bundestag increase significantly in 1953?

Looking at the list of former Nazi party members who were politically active after '45, we can see that there was a significant increase in '53 (from 17 to 45, so almost three times as many). That is ...
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What were Nazi policies around converts to Judaism?

While Judaism is not a missionary religion, it is possible to convert to Judaism. I can only assume (although I've not found any sources on this), that practicing converts were treated like any other ...
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Why were some German and Japanese cities bombed more than others during WW2? Is there a scientific consensus?

I'm trying to study the long-run effects the strategic bombing of German and Japanese cities had on urban and economic development. Reading some articles about it I get contradictory information about ...
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How and why was the boundary between West and East Berlin decided to be where it was?

I have been trying to find detailed explanations (and, if available, references in English or German about it) to the following about the division of Berlin into West and East sides after WW2: how ...
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What did the Germans believe were the causes of WWI during the war and after?

Did the Germans en masse believe they were waging a defensive war or a war for colonies, or a war for living space, or preventive war or a war in support of allies? I have read about some opinions of ...
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Was "Nobody intends to build a wall" Machiavellian? [closed]

When Ulbricht said in 1961: "Nobody intends to build a wall", is there any truth to the idea that he was being deliberately Machiavellian, knowing that most East Germans would read the signs ...
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West Berlin: who else fled besides East Germans?

When the Iron curtain descended across Europe, and Berlin was the only hole unplugged, did large numbers of other Eastern Europeans flee that way as well? I know that East Europeans could across into ...
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