Why is Germany's Reunification (1990) significant?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Germany's reunification on June 1, 1990 signifies a final closure to World War II and the failing power of the Soviet Union's hold on eastern countries.

The big three from World War II, the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union agreed that the nation of Germany should be divided into four zones of control after the war, feeling that Germany required supervision, 'denazification,' and demilitarization. 

When Germany finally prepared itself to reunify after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, some nations were critical about its reunification.  The prime minister of Israel openly opposed it, saying a nation that"decided to kill millions of Jewish people [in the Holocaust] will try to do it again."  Most countries, including the United States, supported Germany's reunification, feeling that the country had long since payed its dues from World War II.