Yesterday had left me so preoccupied that I was never able to commit anything to the Blog like another post or two. There are not that many personal articles penned by Julius Krein which warranted enough attention to be commented on. Therefore, what I can say is that I do have some ideas as to what I would like to discuss next.
Anyone who has read this Blog should understand that I am of the position that while World War II officially ended in 1945, it legally ended in 1990 with the signing of the 2+4 Agreement. What is written about wars in the history books is different from the international treaties which govern the conduct of those conflicts. When West Germany tried to reunite (or, depending on one’s perspective, annex) East Germany, the old Allied Powers gave the Bonn Republic a new Versailles Treaty. In exchange for allowing such reunification or annexation, West Germany had to lose its territorial claims over the German Reich’s eastern territories beyond the Oder-Neiße Line and accept major restrictions over the size and composition of its armed forces, the Bundeswehr. The West Germans agreed to this as long as they were given assurances from the Allies to reunite or annex East Germany. Today’s Germany is merely the result of this new Versailles Treaty.
Most people would like to assume that because of this arrangement in 1990, East Germany no longer exists. In actuality, East Germany continues to exist, albeit with territory outside of the German-speaking world. I am thinking of devoting another Blog post about this matter because I want to point out the legal ambiguities associated with this new Versailles Treaty in connection with the more recent Russian-Ukrainian conflict. After all, none of the narratives provided by the Jeffersonians and Putin’s Kremlin were convincing enough, as if there is another side to that conflict that most people are not aware of.
Another topic which I am interested in discussing also has to do with the German-speaking world. Much like the Hitlerists and Strasserists in West Germany, the legacy of the old KPD more or less lived on in East Germany’s Community Party, the SED (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands; “Socialist Unity Party of Germany”). After the signing of the 2+4 Agreement, the SED has had a number of successor parties who also claimed historical ties to the old KPD. Die Linke (The Left) is generally understood in Germany as a more direct successor to the SED, split into various factions of differing views toward the German Market Economy. They are not the only one insofar as there are a few KPD-like parties in Germany who have claimed to be direct successors to the original KPD or indirectly through its East German successor.
There are not the only ones I am thinking of writing. I also have a few more ideas, but I am going to have to make a decision on what to post. My goal for today is to ensure that I have something ready to post by the end of today.