Sustaining the “Island” – Western aid for 1950s (West) Berlin

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The city of West Berlin was of supreme importance to the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany in their effort to fight the Cold War during the 1950s. Only by utilizing billions of dollars and (later on) Deutschmarks could the city survive in its isolated position east of the Iron Curtain. The reasons for, and the particulars of, American aid during the first years after the Berlin airlift is described in this paper as well as the West German aid, which began to replace direct American support in the middle of the 1950s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalCold War History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2003


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