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Interestingly, I know from experience that Dutch schools did not perceive this abbreviation to be an error. In fact, it was the standard that Germany was split in the BRD and the DDR. Cheers, The Minister of War (Peace) 06:51, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
- I'd have to agree with that being schooled in The Hague all my life. I've always learned BRD, but then again, I've also been taught the Warsaw Pact. Seems inconsistent. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 09:54, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
It's just anecdotal, but the way I remember it, the government in the west may have been opposed to the term BRD, but the people used it as an easy shorthand for West Germany. The German page is much less polarised than this section here, too.--ospalh (talk) 10:38, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
- I am from (ex-"West") Germany myself and i am slightly flabbergasted about this article. I have used the term occasionally in the past, in a neutral way. I never thought it had an overly communist connotation. Obviously it's forever connected to the division and reunification, but the article here takes it a bit too far. Mike5001 (talk) 22:29, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
I seem to remember it was common in England in the eighties to use DDR & FDR. I can't find a vast number of references by googling, but enough to convince myself I didn't imagine it! Dyaimz (talk) 05:30, 16 June 2010 (UTC)
German-language education in US
In a US public high school early-1970s German course we learned BRD and DDR, although primarily the full names that they abbreviate (similarly SPD and CDU). The teacher was a native Berliner, age 20-something. I don't recall whether we saw BRD and DDR in print, which included occasionally a short newspaper perhaps from Germany.
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Usage of BRD in East Germany
The attempt to portray BRD as primarily a term "residents in" East Germany happened to use is both misleading and unhelpful. BRD was the term that was used officially by the East German communist government from the late 1960s and its usage was prescribed by state policy. It was not something the "residents" there came up with. AFAIK, residents in East Germany tended to refer to West Germany as simply "the west", "the federal republic" or with other terms. Of course residents in East Germany who were members of and/or loyal to the SED party also used "BRD", but that was merely an effect of its officially prescribed use by the SED government, not the other way round. The term is mainly of interest as the East German government term for West Germany prior to the democratic revolution that ended SED's rule. --Tataral (talk) 23:15, 7 August 2017 (UTC)