TIL in 1990 the West German government received a message from the Soviet general Geli Batenin, offering to return Kaliningrad. The offer was never seriously considered by the Bonn government, who saw reunification with the East as its priority.

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  1. I feel like someone in the Soviet Union looked at East Prussia and said, “if any more military geniuses come out of that damned place, they’re gonna be *our* military geniuses.”

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