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April 29, 2018

36 Amazing Color Photographs of West Germany After the War

The Federal Republic of Germany (popularly known as West Germany) is formally established as a separate and independent nation. This action marked the effective end to any discussion of reuniting East and West Germany.

In the period after World War II, Germany was divided into four occupation zones, with the British, French, Americans, and Soviets each controlling one zone. The city of Berlin was also divided in a like fashion. This arrangement was supposed to be temporary, but as Cold War animosities began to harden, it became increasingly evident that the division between the communist and non-communist controlled sections of Germany and Berlin would become permanent.

In May 1946, the United States halted reparation payments from West Germany to the Soviet Union. In December, the United States and Great Britain combined their occupation zones into what came to be known as Bizonia. France agreed to become part of this arrangement, and in May 1949, the three zones became one.

These 36 amazing color photographs were taken in 1949, they show us what West Germany looked like just after the war.


Along the Neckar River

Baden Baden

City Hall Stuttgart


Droesselgasse, St of Wineshops, Ruedesheim

Eppstein, Village in Nassau AMT

Ferry on the River Neckar


Frankfurt, Old Square

Frankfurterhof, Frankfurt

Heidelberg University

Historic building where German Kings were crowned, Frankfurt

Hotel Ritters park, Bad Homburg

Firehouse, Idstein


1590 building, Idstein

Destruction, Mainz

Old building and chapel of Heidelberg Uni


Pfaelzerhof, Weinheim

Public Washhouse, The Rhine at Mainz


Grape wagon, Ruedesheim

Ruedesheim street, along the Rhine







Flower market, Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden market

Heidelberg from the Castle

RR Station, Rhine Country

S of Coblenz, Rhine River

(Photos from Found Slides' Flickr)


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