Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Creation of West Germany

May 23, 1949
Creation of West Germany

A new Federal Republic of Germany was formed by combining the French, British, and American occupation zones. Konrad Adenauer, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), was elected the first Chancellor of the new FRG. The Western Allied powers formally withdrew any power over their former occupation zones. However, Western troops remained in the new FRG.

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