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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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er, no.

The Russians took out everything they could. They went into factories and dismantled machines and sent them back to Russia. They ripped out railway lines and sent the tracks back to Russia. They seized cattle and harvests and sent that back to Russia. They even kept many of their German POWs and made them work in Russian factories well into the early 1950s. OK, East Germany got some token gifts in return, mostly tanks and uniforms and things, but all the stuff that was taken needed to be replaced and while West Germany boomed economically in the 1950s, thanks in part to aid from the USA. East Germany was essentially still in survival mode and trying to mend stuff they didn't have. Per capita, the East Germans paid far more than the West Germans in terms of war tribute and the consequences thereof.
Do you have a reputable source for your claim "the East Germans paid far more than the West Germans"?

The West also dismantled and shipped home most of the industrial infrastructure of West Germany, no different than the Russians.

Additionally, German POWs and civilians were used as forced labor in France, the UK, Belgium, and also in Germany in the U.S run "Military Labor Service Units".
Also remember the US only reached the moon on the back of German rocket scientists
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