KU- In July 1945 at the Potsdam Conference, the USA, the USSR and Britain agreed to divide Germany into four zones, until the country was secure enough to be re-unified.
Each zone was to be administered by one of the victorious Allies: the USA, the USSR, Britain and France.
KU-While the French, US and British sectors remained free to trade and reconstruction started, Stalin treated the Russian zone harshly. He refused to allow trade with other zones.
KU-He also confiscated much that was produced. He took this, along with a great deal of infrastructure and raw materials, back to the Soviet Union.