After 1945 arose the extremely americanized BRD (with its extremely americanized Bundeswehr) and the extremely "Sovietized" DDR (with its NVA) - it is very hard for me to put into words what went missing in this process, but to put it very simply, it has caused me to take the same position as Chris (don_kihotis7) above, maybe for very different reasons.
The dissolving of the state of Prussia by the Allies is for me the perfect illustration of the death of Germany and the German spirit and mindset of old.
I shall not elaborate further, as this is not the topic of this thread and as I well understand that my opinions on this are unorthodox, but I find it always best to be upfront and honest. It is after all only my opinion and not the objective truth, Gentlemen.
German items from the cold war are starting to become highly collectable and the prices will only go up, although they are pretty low at the moment - they are relics as much as the earlier items, but they are not for me for reasons I have tried to explain above.