The decadent charm of socialism: The Westin Grand Hotel opened 30 years ago in East Berlin. It was mainly intended to house official foreign guests and attract hard currency. Its rooms are still very popular.
A relic of apartment living in East Germany are "golden house numbers." But what were they and who got given one? Tamsin Walker went in search of Berlin's faded sparkle.
As the German director celebrates 30 years of his epic tale of walled Berlin with a newly restored version, he recalls how GDR officials shelved an East Berlin shoot since the protagonists could 'walk through walls.'
Run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers: An exhibition in Berlin shows the works of Harald Hauswald, who simply wanted to document everyday life — without knowing that the Berlin Wall would one day come down.
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.
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