The War-Ravaged Germany

The Aquarius Sports Resort Hotel in Marawila, a sleepy western coastal town of Sri Lanka is always a fascinating place to me.

The beach-end restaurant of the resort facing the scenic Indian Ocean will become at times a forum for various international issues.

I had a good discussion with Marita Kantar at the beach-end restaurant of the Aquarius Hotel. The sun had started to go further and further towards the deep-end of the Indian Ocean’s horizon. The evening sunlight shone on Marita’s face as she was seated facing the ocean directly and I asked her whether she would like to seat opposite the ocean at the rectangular table. She smiled and opted to stay where she was enjoying the glorious sunset in the Indian Ocean.

While I was talking to her on various issues, I asked her how she felt about the massacre of Jews by Adolf Hitler. She said, “They are only the victims for a person who was mad and power-hungry.” She further continued, “He managed to brain-wash many for his unjustified cruelty on Jews and others in the Germany and neighbouring nations.” She burst out at one point by saying that the act of one lunatic had the effect of giving a bad image of them.

I placated her saying the act of one megalomaniac does not necessarily tarnish all Germans. I told her not only in Germany even in other countries by the act of some of the reckless leaders, their nation and people have become untouchables or villains for other communities and nationalities.

In our recent past, we have seen many like them. Saddam Hussein in Iraq for his marginalization of Kurds and Shi’ite Muslims and some of the leaders from then Yugoslavia for their violation of Bosnian Muslims and Croatians are too the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in their own way. Some of the culprits had been prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for War-Crimes, but others escaped. Still there are many war criminals around the world at large.

I told her, “These culprits are either hiding or not punished yet or still the law is not strong enough or its enforcement is too weak”.

As Marita was a Diploma student and doing her field of studies in managing social science, I asked about the unification of Germany which created a lot of unemployment problems in Germany and some Germans in the former West German part are uncomfortable about it. I knew as she is from the former East German part, she might feel uncomfortable at my question. Her eyes had gone really blurred over my question and answered with a sobbing emotion, “the Germans won’t like them to be seen as East Germans and West Germans.”

She further went on that she had been all over the Germany and saw minor changes in their dialects and couldn’t identify any major differences.

What she said is correct. Even East Germany is only a creation after the Second World War when the major allied forces divided Germany into two parts. East Germany had been left out with the communist USSR and their puppet East German administration. But when the cold war came to an end and the demise of the Berlin wall in 1989, the new united Germany had made East Germany part of the existing federal system in other parts of the Germany as a new territory. The capital of the new unified Germany was shifted from the then West German capital Bonn to the then East German capital Berlin.

German Property Investments – 10 Compelling Reasons That Make Germany a Top Investment Location

You’ve read that German property investments are attracting major international investors on a growing scale. Institutional investors are being drawn into the market by low property prices and high yields in addition to other reasons which confirm Germany as a great investment location. Separated from the world’s main investment markets by distance and language, here is a list of 10 compelling reasons that make Germany a top investment location for cash deposit holders or pension fund investors looking to recoup some of the losses of the last few years.

10 Compelling Reasons That Make Germany a Top Investment Location

1. Economic Fundamentals – The economic fundamentals coming out of Germany are improving all the time. There are strong signs that Germany is the not only the powerhouse of Europe but the financial saviour of the Euro economy as well.

2. Population – Germany has critical mass with a population of 82 million making it the largest western democratic economy in the world and fourth largest economy in the world overall, after The USA, China and India.

3. Exports – Germany is the world’s second largest exporter with a surplus on balance of trade only slightly smaller than China whose population is 15 times larger. Recent economic news points to exports continuing to grow strongly.

4. Economic Growth – GDP – A 2010 GDP figure of 3.5% was ahead of target and the 2011 target has been raised from 2.3% to 2.6% at a time when many world economies are still in contraction. Increasing affluence is causing more Germans to want to own their own homes.

5. Trade Surplus It seems like the world wants more of what Germany makes whether it’s a luxurious Mercedes or something more basic like a spiral note-book. In 2010 Germany exported $1.33 Billion compared to the USA’s $1.28 Billion.

6. Business Confidence – From January 2010 to January 2011 business confidence has been recorded at an all time high and has started 2011 with great vigor.

7. Unemployment – Germany is one of the few countries in the world where unemployment now is lower than in 2008. Currently at 7.5%, the figure is expected to fall even further in 2011 with over 300,000 new jobs being added to the workforce. Unemployment in the former eastern zone is at its lowest ever since 1991 (reunification).

8. Budget Deficit – The German Budget deficit is on target to reduce to 2.4% of GDP in 2011. Unlike most other economies, it is under control.

9. Purchasing Manager’s Index – The Purchasing managers Index tell us about the pipeline of materials being bought by industry for conversion into finished product. The index now stands at 61.0, another indicator that Germany is leaving its Euro Zone partners out in the cold.

10. Domestic Demand – Traditionally a nation of savers, there are now signs beginning to emerge that domestic demand is beginning to contribute to the growth of the German economy.

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1935 Labor Day Tinnie of Nazi Germany

So this, I believe, can be our message to the other peoples on this first of May: You need have no fear that we want anything of you… What we want lies clearly before us: not war and not strife. Just as we have established peace within our own people, so we want nothing else than peace with the world. – Adolf Hitler, Berlin, May 1, 1935

If you were German living in Berlin on Labor Day (May 1, 1935), you along with many other thousands of “Berliners,” would have attended a Labor Day rally and heard the Fuhrer’s promise of peace with the world. Pinned to the lapel of your jacket or the breast of your shirt was a small metal badge you obtained from a nearby “Brown Shirt,” in exchange for a small donation.

The badge is a 1935 Labor Day tinnie, fashioned from aluminum. The tinnie measures 46mm in height and 33.6mm in width. It depicts the image of three men, an industrial laborer, a scholar, and a farmer. The Iron Eagle takes seat in the badge’s lower quarter. The date 1935 is equally divided by the eagle. The caption “Tag Der Arbeit,” meaning Day of Labor, appears in the badge’s field above the three worker’s heads. The designer’s initials “RK” can be found beside the industrial laborer’s apron and the maker’s mark is found on the badge’s reverse below a stripple fastened pin.

The three male figures on the badge are exemplary of the Nazi Party’s support of a national-socialist form of government. In short, the Nazi Party promised economic security for the German nation, social welfare programs, and prestige for German workers. Promises such as these were strongly supported by the German working class mostly due to the nation’s crippled economy, widespread business failures and massive unemployment brought about by the Great Depression of 1929.

Shortly after coming into power, the Nazi Party declared all trade unions illegal and compelled workers to join the German Labor Front (DAF). DAF membership cost was approximately 1.5% of the worker’s monthly wage. While membership was not a requirement, workers found it nearly impossible to gain employment without belonging to the organization. Under a National-Socialistic government, employers could demand more productivity from their workers, but would have to ensure social welfare programs, higher wages, shorter work hours and improved working conditions, all mediated by the German Labor Front.

Through use of organizations such as the German Labor Front further supported by Hitler’s rearmament program, unemployment dramatically decreased and Germany’s economy prospered. By 1936, military spending accounted for 10% of the Gross National Product and once again Germany’s economy began to plummet leading her down the inevitable path of world war.