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

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That's true to a point. But WGermany, for example, couldn't have left NATO like France did. And had they voted for a much lefter SPD, I wonder if the Western Allies wouldn't have intervented. But yes, on a personal level, obviously you had much more freedom (albeit with quite a "Gschmäckle", since many former nazis were allowed to re-join politics, or even "Organisation Gehlen", which was literally a re-branded nazi spy organisation) in the BRD compared to the DDR.

I'd say straight after re-unification you probably had the most freedom, but it's quite difficult to measure it. For each and every person, freedom is something different.
Plenty of former nazis came to terms with the SED too and mumbled their mea culpas, changed their uniforms and continued to do the same thing. Chameleons are survivors.

A friend of mine once said something like, "die Parteien und politsichen Farben wechseln, die Amstinhaber bleiben".

The old DDR even had a special organization whose job it was to look after turncoat nazis, protect them from discrimination and provide them wih political representation. The NDPD. All old nazis had to do was say they were sorry and how much they liked Socialism and they were in the club. The BRD never had anything comparable AFAIK.
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