"Europe is in one of its toughest, perhaps the toughest hour since World War Two,"
Angela Merkel Chancellor Federal German Republic, 14 November 2011 address to the Christian Democratic Union party meeting in Leipzig.
Come on Angela, here is a link to a Spiegel article full of before and after pictures. I suspect that you might be stretching the story just a little.
Seriously? I do not know but judging from the picture in the above link it sure looks like 1946-1953 was just about as bad as it can get and still be called a society/civilization..