Following the end of World War II, Germany began to repair its cities and improve the infrastructure. Cities like Paris and Warsaw became popular tourist destinations, and Berlin became the largest city on Earth. While this was happening the Gestapo and SS carried out the hunting and extermination of Jews and other undesirables. The period ended when Germany invaded the USSR in a massive surprise invasion.
InfrastructureMainland Europe was relatively unscathed by fighting, except parts of Poland, Greece, and France. Workers were quickly sent to repair industries in the cities. Factories sprung up, and roads and highways connecting them were either improved upon or built. Ghettos and slums were completely removed, replaced with apartment buildings and towers. Public buildings were also built, such as libraries and banks, and public parks were created in the center of cities. In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was decorated with Swastikas, with the names of all German soldiers killed in the two world wars. Artwork plundered and taken from all across Europe was stored in the Louvre, which was expanded and now contains many historic pieces. The Eiffel Tower is still the tallest building in Paris, though it is dwarfed the Speer Monument in Berlin.
Hitler decided to make Berlin the grandest of all cities in the world. The autobahn has several roads throughout Berlin, connecting it to other cities. The Große Bibliothek (Great Library) houses thousands of documents and books, including ones from the Library of Alexandria. The Reichstag has been rebuilt and expanded, and is heavily decorated with swastikas. A giant courtyard has been built around it, where Hitler always makes his famous speeches. All buildings are dwarfed by the massive Speer Monument, built in the western part of the city and is 3,000 feet tall. The buildings has become a cultural icon of Berlin and is one of the most recognized landmarks in Germany.
TechnologyTelevision became popular in the years following World War II. Fernseh A.G., who owned some of the more advance television systems, began selling its new product in 1949. Because of the economic boom following the war, families had more money and could buy these TVs. The programming on these were under strict control of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. In 1951, the first news channel opened up, the ENN. It provided morning, afternoon, and evening news programing, and in between provided several television shows. In 1955, Hitler made his first of his weekly State of the Reich addresses, in which he discussed projects, the military, and other news stories. Radio programs also continued, and the State of the Reich was broadcast on several stations. In 1960, the Ministry of Propaganda became the Ministry of Public Information, under control of Helmut Christian Goebbels, the son of former minister Joseph Goebbels.
Foreign PolicyGermany was quick to help Japan in its fight with China. German supply ships carried oil and other raw materials to Japan. The first German soldiers came in 1947 to fight against the Chinese rebels. The USSR, hoping to established communist presence in China, sent aid to the communist Chinese, which quickly gained control over western China. German troops attacked communist positions in the south, and captured Guangxi. Another German drive inland captured Changsa, another major communist city. In 1949, after conquering Shaanxi, German-Japanese forces moved south and took Chungking, the communist capital. The war ended, with communist forces moving to Tibet. While the coast is under Japanese rule, the interior is controlled by the Chinese Empire, a fascist regime. The Empire continues to fight guerrillas in Tibet, and the guerrillas have been contained so far.
The Germans also made peace agreements with its former enemies of World War II. Following the peace agreement, Winston Churchill was forced out of office, and was replaced by Clement Attlee, who campaigned for peace and better jobs. The election of Attlee confirmed that Hitler would continue his reign unopposed by the British. Similar peace agreements had been signed with the Soviet Union. The Iron Peace, as it was called, said that Germany and the USSR would remain at peace, and trade would flourish. The two nations would be on opposite sides of the Sino-Japanese War, which would cause them diplomatic problems which remained unsolved. The Soviet Union also kept peace agreements with Japan.