For many East Germans, the Bulgarian border held false hope as safe passage to the West. Rumors and inaccurate maps contributed to grave misconceptions about a potential escape route. Those willing to risk the journey often met a tragic end.
West Germany planned to procure and even deploy chemical weapons in the 1960s. US and German military files, recently disclosed and evaluated by a team of journalists, run contrary to longstanding government denials.
NATO has been at the heart of defense policy for many Western European nations for decades. As time has gone on, it's moved eastwards. But how did the alliance become what it is? Who pays for it? Where is it going?
More than 28 years after the fall of the wall, stories are still emerging about East Berliners' attempts to flee across the border — with help from their western neighbors. Rachel Stewart reports from Berlin.
"Circle day" — that's how some Germans refer to February 5, 2018. It's the day when the Wall has been gone for as long as it stood. DW's Klaus Krämer shares his recollections of Germany's division and reunification.
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