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ⓘ Ministry for Intra-German Relations. The Federal Ministry of Intra-German Relations was a federal ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It was responsibl ..




Ministry for Intra-German Relations
                                     

ⓘ Ministry for Intra-German Relations

The Federal Ministry of Intra-German Relations was a federal ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It was responsible for all relations with the East German government. This was because the West German government said there should be only one Germany. This meant they could not use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, because they could not admit that East Germany was a foreign country.

The ministry was created in 1949 as the Federal Ministry of All-German Affairs German: Bundesministerium fur gesamtdeutsche Fragen. This ministry was also in charge of matters about the German lands east of the Oder-Neisse-Line which had become a part of Poland. The ministry was renamed in 1969 when Willy Brandt signed a treaty with Poland which said that Polands western border was along the Oder and Neisse Rivers. This was part of Willy Brandts ideas of Ostpolitik. At that time Poland was under a communist government. They could not allow West Germany to sign a treaty about East Germanys borders, which is why the treaty says "the western border of Poland" and not "the border between Germany and Poland".

The ministry was abolished in 1991, about one year after German Reunification, after helping with the change to one country. All "intra-German affairs" are now jobs of the Ministry of the Interior. The Minister of the Interior is now also Commissioner for the New Bundeslander to show that there is still some work to make all of the states equal.

                                     

1. Publications

  • BMgF Hrsg.: Die Situation der Jugend im kommunistischen Herrschaftssystem der SBZ Deutschlands in Bonner Berichte aus Mittel- und Ostdeutschland, Bonn – Berlin, 1960.
  • BMgF Hrsg.: Die Bemuhungen der Bundesrepublik um Wiederherstellung der Einheit Deutschlands durch gesamtdeutsche Wahlen. Dokumente und Akten. I. Teil, Oktober 1949 – Oktober 1953, Deutscher Bundes-Verlag, Bonn, 1958.
  • BMgF Hrsg.: Wer ist wer in der SBZ? Ein biographisches Handbuch, Verlag fur Internationalen Kulturaustausch, Berlin, 1958.
  • BMgF Hrsg.: SBZ von A-Z, Deutscher Bundes-Verlag, Bonn, 1. bis 10. Aufl., 1953 bis 1966, ca. 500 Seiten.
  • BMgF Hrsg.: Sowjetische Auffassungen zur Deutschlandfrage 1945 – 1954. Dargestellt nach amtlichen Dokumenten, Deutscher Bundes-Verlag, Bonn, 1954.