The History of the Southwest

Episode 7: How we prospered and became united

After World War Two, southwest Germany faced an uncertain future. The economy was on its knees, and thousands of refugees and displaced persons had to be received and integrated. But conditions began to improve sooner than expected. Together, the German people and immigrants became the driving force behind the German economic miracle. And people from all over the world found a new home in Germany’s southwest.


WRITER: Werner Biermann   DIRECTOR: Robert Wiezore   PRESENTER: Lena Ganschow   CAMERA: Roland Breitschuh   EDITOR: Dieter Dehn   MUSIC: Markus Lehmann-Horn  PRODUCER: Daniel Sich   COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Imogen Nabel, Gerolf Karwath