January 8, 2018
3239 GERMANY - The map of West Germany (1949-1990)
Germany became a nation state in 1871, when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After WWI and the revolution of 1918-1919, the Empire was replaced by the parliamentary Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, WWII and the Holocaust. After Germany surrendered, the Allies partitioned Berlin and Germany's remaining territory into four military occupation zones (three western sectors, controlled by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and a eastern sector, controlled by Soviet Union).
On the other hands, on the Potsdam Conference was decided that territories east of the Oder-Neisse line to be transferred to Poland and the Soviet Union. On 23 May 1949 the western sectors of Germany were merged to form the Federal Republic of Germany, and on 7 October 1949 the Soviet Zone became the German Democratic Republic. They were informally known as West Germany and East Germany. East Germany selected East Berlin as its capital, while West Germany chose Bonn as a provisional capital. Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990.
About the stamps
The stamp is one of the two of the series Moselle River, about which I wrote here.
Germany - Wikipedia
Sender: Arja / Shadowflame (postcrossing) DE-6797818
Sent from Freising (Bavaria / Germany), on 19.12.2017