As West Germany was reorganised and gained independence from its occupiers, the German Democratic Republic was established in East Germany in 1949. The creation of the two states solidified the 1945 division of Germany.  On 10 March 1952, (in what would become known as the " Stalin Note ") Stalin put forth a proposal to reunify Germany with a policy of neutrality, with no conditions on economic policies and with guarantees for "the rights of man and basic freedoms, including freedom of speech, press, religious persuasion, political conviction, and assembly" and free activity of democratic parties and organizations.  This was turned down; reunification was not a priority for the leadership of West Germany, and the NATO powers declined the proposal, asserting that Germany should be able to join NATO and that such a negotiation with the Soviet Union would be seen as a capitulation. There have been several debates about whether a real chance for reunification had been missed in 1952.
Biedermeier refers to work in the fields of literature, music, the visual arts and interior design in the period between the years 1815 ( Vienna Congress ), the end of the Napoleonic Wars , and 1848, the year of the European revolutions and contrasts with the Romantic era which preceded it. Typical Biedermeier poets are Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , Adelbert von Chamisso , Eduard Mörike , and Wilhelm Müller , the last three named having well-known musical settings by Robert Schumann , Hugo Wolf and Franz Schubert respectively.
The Deutsches Geschlechterbuch, the German Lineage Book series published by . Starke Verlag, in Limburg, Germany contains four volumes that pertain to Mecklenburg (volumes 57, 74, 88, and 105). These books can be found at the Family History Center and larger libraries in the United States and Canada. The four Mecklenburg volumes are also on microfilm at the Family History Centers. In addition to the four regional volumes mentioned, the general index also lists 52 general volumes which should also be checked for information on a given name or lineage. These include the first 17 volumes of the series which were Genealogical Handbooks of Common (non-noble) Families. Only volumes 1 through 110 have been microfilmed.