Good question and I do think, too that these cities were kind of "sisters" before WWII.How would you - this question is directed mostly to German friends - describe major differences between pre-war three "similar" cities:
- Leipzig (707.000 inhabitants in 1939)
- Dresden (630.000 inhabitants in 1939)
- Breslau (629.000 inhabitants in 1939)
I wonder about economical, cultural and architectural significance of these three cities in a mind of ordinary German people from other part of Reich.
Besides that the city of Breslau had a high ideal value due to its important role in the "wars of liberation" against Napoleon.en.wikipedia.org (History of Wroclaw) said:Breslau and Silesia, which possessed 6 of the 12 leading grammar schools in Holy Roman Empire, became the centre of German Baroque literature. Poets such as Martin Opitz, Andreas Gryphius, Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, Daniel Casper von Lohenstein and Angelus Silesius formed the so-called First and Second Silesian school of poets which shaped the German literature of that time.
---en.wikipedia.org (An mein Volk) said:
I love this map. Here is another good one by the Morgenpost:
Old Berlin - to 1900: Proportion: 7%
Imperial era / war / revolution - 1901-1920: Proportion: 10%
1920s and Nazi era - 1921-1940: Proportion: 23%
War and reconstruction - 1941-1960: Proportion: 11%
Divided town - 1961-1990: Proportion: 28%
Fall of the wall by the turn of the millennium - 1991-2000: Proportion: 11%
New Berlin boom - 2001-2016: Proportion: 10%