“Lieber Pomm als ‘Frau Komm!’”

Daniel F. Harrington

in Berlin on the Brink

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136837 | DOI:
“Lieber Pomm als ‘Frau Komm!’”

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Chapter 10 explores life in Berlin during the blockade, considering public health, housing, food, power, transport, and employment. We tend to see conditions as static, when they (and Berliners’ perceptions of them) fluctuated. Circumstances were easier at first, when the blockade was not tightly enforced, gardens could supplement supplies, and people expected the crisis would end soon. Life became harsher as winter approached, darkness lengthened, unemployment rose, and the crisis’s ending receded into the distant future. Conditions were not the same for everyone. How much one earned (and in what currency) could make the difference between a comfortable life and real privation. As harsh as conditions were, they were never bad enough to push the population to the breaking point or induce it to submit to Soviet rule.

Keywords: currency; food; health; housing; power; transport; unemployment

Chapter.  12217 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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