Western Germany was occupied by the United States, France and Britain. Eastern Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union. Eventually, the French, British, and American zones merged and formed what would later be known as the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The Soviet zone became the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The aftermath of World War Two is what led to the Cold War in Germany.
The Germans in Eastern Germany began to view life in Western Germany as much more desirable. West Germany had become an unexpectedly stable and thriving democracy. They made it their business to prevent any radical and extremist parties from gaining representation too easily. West Germany was flourishing economically. The people were happy and worry free. They were able to enjoy zoos, theater, museums, nightclubs and other exciting things to pass …show more content…
During this time, 275,000 planes transported 1.5 million tons of supplies and a plane landed every three minutes at Berlin 's Templehof airport (BBC).
The Russians saw that their allies were not going to give up. Russia called off the blockade. At this point is where East and West Germany became the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). They each then gained rights of their own portions of the city of Berlin. The Soviets were not happy about having to give up a portion of what they thought was rightfully theirs. The tension between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were at an all-time high.
Although there were occupation zones, the Germans were still able to travel back and forth. Over 3 million people emigrated from the East Germany to West Germany. Many Germans in the East would travel to the West to escape the communist government and to seek after any type of employment to support their families. After the Russian blockade in Berlin, crossing zones became utterly impassable. The communist government of East Germany did not want their citizens fleeing at