Vaguely Interesting Podcast
About This Show
A vast array of the vaguely interesting from history and more.
Ian Chapman-Curry roots around references, interrogates indexes and analyses asides to find fascinating stories that would otherwise languish in the footnotes.
With history, politics, geography, economics, psephology, statistics and etymology, you're sure to find something that you find vaguely interesting too!
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VIP 07 - The amazing women who rebuilt Germany by hand
The period immediately following Germany’s defeat in the Second World War became known as Stunde Null, or zero hour. It was the bleakest chapter in the nation’s modern history.
Germany’s historic cities had been flattened. They were now vast, rubble-strewn voids messily squatting on the space once occupied by homes, offices, factories, palaces and cathedrals.
This was the ‘Trümmerzeit’ – the time of rubble.
Out of this destruction strode the ‘Trümmerfrauen’, the rubble women – post-war Germany’s emblematic survivors who worked by hand and began the shattered nation’s return to normality.
With her cities lying in ruins and many of her men dead, wounded or imprisoned, it was left to the women of Germany to manually clear the streets.
Brick by brick and block by block, the Trümmerfrauen tore down half-destroyed buildings and cleared the way for a new Germany to emerge from the ruins.