The main cause of the inner-german border in 1948 = the D-Mark !
(Think of Demarcation Line and D-Day)
In 1948, US-psy-op officer Edward Tenenbaum had 6 billion Deutsche Mark secretly shipped over from the US in Operation Bird Dog. The first DM series looked like US$. The D-Mark was brought to divide Germany (into East and West), just like the later EU (through Wild Bill Donovan, the Dulles brothers, Coudenhove-Kalergi, Josef Retinger and Jean Monet): in a secret CIA operation. German chancellor Adenauer played along like a poodle, to the tune of the Western occupation forces’ big dogs. Otherwise, Stalin would already have allowed the Germans to reunite their Eastern and Western sectors, as early as 1949 (and not only in 1989 through Gorbachov and his handler Yakovlev’s initiative).
It is rather complicated to find your way to today’s Fritz-Erler-Barracks in Rothwesten, as if they had something to hide. The signposts start when you are already on the premises. There is a long airstrip which is now covered with solar energy collectors. Part of the large military area is a refugee camp. Modern psychological warfare.
The dead-end road has been named after Edward Tenenbaum, son of Polish Jews from Posen, an elite member of the US-army psychological operations forces and a Ritchie Boy. He was only 24 when he entered the German WW2 theatre, together with Generals Patton, Eisenhower, Bradley and Eddy, in April 1945. He then was the first American to visit a Konzentrationslager: Buchenwald near Weimar, where he is said to have found soap, lampshades from skin and shrunken heads. (See my trip report Thuringia: Germany’s Secret Underground.)
At the Haus Posen, 11 German financial experts had to prepare the currency introduction, during 49 days in total secrecy. The official “father of the D-Mark”, famous economics minister Ludwig Erhard, was among the last to hear about this plan.
Signpost on Haus Posen (Wikipedia)
Some details to prepare your visit.
Haus Posen and the Currency Museum open only once a month – for four hours – to receive visitors!
Putting the location of Rothwesten into perspective.