In the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Allies established their joint military occupation and administration of Germany via the Allied Control Council (ACC), a four-power (US, UK, USSR, France) military government effective until the restoration of German sovereignty. In eastern Germany, the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ – Sowjetische Besatzungszone ) comprised the five states ( Länder ) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , Brandenburg , Saxony , Saxony-Anhalt , and Thuringia . Disagreements over the policies to be followed in the occupied zones quickly led to a breakdown in cooperation between the four powers, and the Soviets administered their zone without regard to the policies implemented in the other zones. The Soviets withdrew from the ACC in 1948; subsequently as the other three zones were increasingly unified and granted self-government, the Soviet administration instituted a separate socialist government in its zone.
It’s not often that hands-in-the-air trance DJs wrestle with issues of national identity and latent guilt but Paul Van Dyk’s exceptional Wir Sind Wir suggests they should have a stab at it more frequently. Released during a period of economic downturn and growing resentment directed towards the underperforming east of the country, the single had no lesser ambition than to help redefine what it means to be German in the postwar, post-unification era. Coming to the conclusion, although via different reasoning than Ke$ha, that “we are who we are”, Wolfsheim vocalist Peter Heppner calls for the still-divided country to let go of the past and pull together again.
His rhetorical style and the little digs included in the catalogue are often aimed at the art world created and shaped by the West. Rehberg also writes that it's possible to observe, in the case of current stars such as Neo Rauch, "that he's looking to cover the tracks" that connect him back to role models such as Bernhard Heisig and Werner Tübke, as well as those that connect "to his own works created before 1990." Rehberg accuses painters Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, who also chose to leave East Germany, of having "an attitude of moral superiority."