Two `zones' for Germany?

Paul Eggert eggert at
Tue Nov 26 19:04:03 UTC 1996

   Date: Tue, 26 Nov 1996 13:12:34 -0500
   From: Garrett Wollman <wollman at>

   A FreeBSD contributor avers that the then-DDR began observing summer
   time a year [earlier|later] than the BRD, and further claims that the
   correct BRD start date should be 1979, not 1980 (and this the DDR
   would be [1978|1980]).  (I have since deleted the message so I don't
   recall which direction the difference was.)

It would be helpful to have a reference for this info.  I just
rechecked Shanks (1991), who partitions modern Germany into seven
regions with distinct time zone histories, with representatives
Frankfurt, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Munich, Stuttgart, Saarbruecken, and
Cologne.  Shanks reports that all the time zone histories are
identical since 1946.  I checked several cities in the former east
Germany, and in Shanks's tables they are all like Berlin.

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