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A Divided Germany
The end of WWII brought about a divided Germany. One part had three sections run by the US, Britain and France, the other was ruled by the Soviet Union. The ways of life were very different.
East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory
Crossing to East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie could be a rather complicated experience in pre-unified Germany, especially if there was only one person but two accompanying passports.
Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana was to be seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.
Rabbit A La Berlin, Film Review
With an original title of Mauerhase - A Hare That Lives by a Wall, this Oscar nominated movie uses the viewpoint of Berlin's death zone rabbits as a parable for the lives of many East German and USSR citizens, giving a different perspective on socialism, the fall of the wall and end of communism.
The Berlin Wall, Germany Remembers German Culture Homepage | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | German Culture Site Map
East Germany began building a wall across Berlin on August 13th 1961, and while it existed the Berlin Wall defined the cold war and division of Europe. November 1989 the exits were opened by government decree, and families who had been separated for decades could be reunited.
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