Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cold War EcologyForests, Farms, and People in the East German Landscape, 1945-1989$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Arvid Nelson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106602

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106602.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 20 June 2021

Initial Conditions and Reparations

Initial Conditions and Reparations

Chapter:
(p.29) 3 Initial Conditions and Reparations
Source:
Cold War Ecology
Author(s):

Arvid Nelson

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106602.003.0003

As World War II was coming to an end, more than eight million refugees from Germany's eastern provinces made their way to the broad northern plains between the Oder and Elbe rivers. They left their ancestral homelands in East Prussia, joined by other refugees from Prussia's New Mark and Pomerania, and by Germans from the uplands of Silesia. After the war, the new peasants were perplexed by the prospect of farming their small plots alone, coupled with their lack of experience. In the first months of Soviet occupation, those who settled in East Germany lived better than their counterparts in the West. However, reparations lasting from 1945 to 1954 crippled the East German economy in its infancy. Both reparations and land reform were first made manifest in East Germany's farms and forests. The Socialist Unity Party of Germany leadership created a new, socialist Forest Service from scratch.

Keywords:   refugees, peasants, reparations, land reform, East Germany, farms, forests, Socialist Unity Party, World War II, Forest Service

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.