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A Divided Germany

The end of WWII brought about a divided Germany. One part had three sections under the control of the US, Britain and France, the other ruled by the Soviet Union. The ways of life were very different.

East Berlin, a Pre-Unification Memory star
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, together with a large camera carry bag that had been loaned out and returned filled with foreign currency.

Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes star
Before the "Fall of the Wall" meals in East Germany were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and bananas 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 star
Its original title was Mauerhase - A Hare That Lives by a Wall, and Oscar nominated Rabbit A La Berlin uses the viewpoint of Berlin's death zone rabbits, a bunny utopia, as symbolic of a totalitarian system. A different perspective on socialism, the fall of the wall and end of communism.

The Berlin Wall, Germany Remembers star
On August 13, 1961 the East German government began building a wall across Berlin, and while the "Berlin Wall" stood it defined the Cold War and division of Europe. November 1989 exits were opened by government decree and families separated for decades were reunited.

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