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1954

The West German football team wins the World Cup Final beating Hungary 3-2. Herbert Zimmermann’s passionate piece of radio commentary is legendary: “Over, over, over! Over. The match is over – Germany is World Champion“. Creating a wave of enthusiasm, the “Miracle of Berne“ brings about a new sense of national identity.

Nine years after the war, the Soviet Union renounces further reparations from the GDR and returns the last of the factories it had seized after the end of the war. The GDR newsreel announces: “Factories in Germany have turned into German factories.“

What else happened?

The biggest nuclear test so far carried out by the U.S. raises fears of a nuclear war mainly in the West.

The baby boom sets in in the West. “Family before job“ is the motto for many women. In the East, by contrast, great value is put on women’s employment.

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