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Images - Founding of Two States: The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic
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1.   First German People's Congress "For German Unity and a Just Peace" in Admiralspalast in East Berlin (December 6-7, 1947)
During the London Conference of Foreign Ministers in late November 1947, it became evident that the Western Allies were tending towards a Western solution to the German question. The SED responded....
First German People's Congress
2.   Second German People's Congress in Admiralspalast in East Berlin (March 17-18, 1948)
The Second German People’s Congress took place in East Berlin on March 17-18, 1948. In order to protest the likely founding of a state in the Western occupation zones, the Congress decided to petition....
Second German People's Congress in Admiralspalast in East Berlin (March 17-18, 1948)
3.   Conference of West German Minister Presidents in Koblenz (July 8, 1948)
At their meeting in Koblenz (July 8-10, 1948), the West German minister presidents did not....
Conference of West German Minister Presidents in Koblenz (July 8, 1948)
4.   Autobahn Exit at Bonn with Directions to the Parliamentary Council (1948)
On August 13, 1948, in accordance with an agreement made by the minister presidents of the West German states, Bonn was chosen as the meeting place of the Parliamentary Council. For Konrad Adenauer,....
Autobahn Exit at Bonn with Directions to the Parliamentary Council (1948)
5.   Opening Ceremony for the Parliamentary Council in the Museum König in Bonn (September 1, 1948)
The Parliamentary Council consisted of sixty-five voting members (twenty-seven each for the CDU/CSU and the SPD; five for the FDP; and two each for the KPD, the DP, and the Center). Members had been....
Opening Ceremony for the Parliamentary Council in the Museum König in Bonn (September 1, 1948)
6.   Propaganda for the German People’s Council at the Neue Wache in Berlin (1949)
The banners featured in this photograph ask Berliners to support the “German People’s Council” [Deutscher Volksrat] established in the Soviet Occupation Zone in 1948. The People’s Council,....
Propaganda for the German People’s Council at the Neue Wache in Berlin (1949)
7.   Rally in Halle/Saale during the Elections to the Third German People’s Congress (May 15-16, 1949)
In March 1949, the “German People’s Council” reacted to the pending adoption of the Basic Law....
Rally in Halle/Saale during the Elections to the Third German People’s Congress (May 15-16, 1949)
8.   Signing of the Basic Law [Grundgesetz] in the Pedagogical Academy in Bonn (May 23, 1949)
The Parliamentary Council consisted of sixty-five voting members (twenty-seven each for the CDU/CSU and the SPD; five for the FDP; and two each for the KPD, the DP, and the Center), and five non-voting....
Signing of the Basic Law [<I>Grundgesetz</i>] in the Pedagogical Academy in Bonn (May 23, 1949)
9.   Inauguration of Konrad Adenauer as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (September 15, 1949)
Contrary to predictions that had favored the SPD, the CDU/CSU under the leadership of Konrad Adenauer emerged victorious in the first Bundestag elections on August 14, 1949. Adenauer thereupon formed....
Inauguration of Konrad Adenauer as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (September 15, 1949)
10.   Konrad Adenauer Leaves the Seat of the Allied High Commission after Receiving the New Occupation Statute (September 21, 1949)
On September 21, 1949, the new occupation statute was officially presented to Chancellor Adenauer in the Hotel Petersberg, then the seat of the Allied High Commission. (The statute, which clarified....
Konrad Adenauer Leaves the Seat of the Allied High Commission after Receiving the New Occupation Statute (September 21, 1949)
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