Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Stein of the Day

reunification01 This half-liter lidded stein commemorates the Oct. 3, 1990 reunification of Germany.

reunification03The German nation was divided into two countries – the free West Germany and the communist East Germany after World War II ended  in 1945.

At the close of the war, Germany was divided into four zones of Allied occupation – U.S., British, French, and Soviet. The Western Allies restored German sovereignty to their occupational zones as quickly as was practical.

However, the U.S.S.R. installed a puppet communist regime that continued to rule the Soviet zone of occupation as the Germanreunification02 Democratic Republic.

Reunification came after the collapse of communism throughout  eastern Europe in the late 1980s.

The stein features the flags and emblems of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the GDR on its sides.

This stein is # 1,457 of a limited  edition of 19,900 steins.

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