From human smuggling to forced labor, from skateboarding to the Peaceful Revolution, DW takes a closer look at the history and legacy of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), known as East Germany.
Sewing your own clothes in communist East Germany was a subtle act of resistance against the regime. Those who paid attention to fashion read the magazine Sybille - the Vogue of the East - which became a legend. (28.06.2012)
Until 1989, many Western companies manufactured their goods in East Germany, where labor was cheap, and West Germany was eager to improve ties. But a lot of the production workers were forced laborers. (06.05.2012)
Acclaimed photojournalist Harald Hauswald has released a new book of rare color images portraying daily life in the GDR. He speaks with DW about working against the regime and smuggling images beyond the Berlin Wall. (07.06.2013)
During the Cold War, the West German government bought the freedom of East German political prisoners. For the West, the motive was humanitarian, for the East, economic. (11.08.2012)
GDR chief Erich Honecker was often considered unemotional and humorless. Now, 23 years after East Germany's collapse, his bodyguard and butler Lothar Herzog reveals other sides of him in a memoir and a DW interview. (23.08.2012)
For photographic artists from the GDR, it was often difficult and dangerous to take photographs or even exhibit their works. A new show honors the work of these artists, exploring 40 years of photography in East Germany. (16.10.2012)
A new exhibition in Berlin documents over four decades of art photography as it developed in the German Republic. Including works by over 34 different photographers, it is the most comprehensive show of its kind. (16.10.2012)
Communist East Germany was pretty much the exact opposite of California. But skateboards were popular in both places. A documentary on the East German skating scene is now playing in German cinemas. (16.08.2012)
The Rolling Stones are turning 50. In Germany, the band had fans from the very beginning on both sides of the Iron Curtain. In communist East Germany, though, the fans had a somewhat more difficult time. (12.07.2012)
For decades, artworks seized by East German authorities have been housed in national museum collections in the former East. Now questions are being asked over compensation and the museums' right to display the works. (08.05.2013)
A memorial to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 is planned for Leipzig. But residents and politicians are divided over whether or not the city needs such a memorial and, if so, how it should look. (03.10.2012)
For his work smuggling East Germans out of the communist GDR, Rainer Schubert spent nine years in prison. Today, he lives in the German capital with his interrogators. He believes Germany needs 'Berlin trials.' (02.10.2012)
While the Berlin Wall remains a symbol of German division and the brutal former East German regime, a new project aims to focus attention on the many victims of the equally forbidding East-West German border zone. (12.08.2012)
The former East German states have been subsidized to the tune of billions of euros - not always successfully. Struggling regions in the west now want a share of the financial support. (02.10.2012)
The German-Russian friendship is about more than pipelines. A newly opened exhibition in Moscow looks at what else has bound the two countries over the past millennium. (22.06.2012)
Germany is to create a fund to help people who as children were placed in care homes in the former East Germany. Many report having suffered psychological and physical abuse. (26.03.2012)
For the first time ever, both Germany's chancellor and president are from the former East Germany. But otherwise, German society has been dominated by western German elites – is a sea change at hand? (23.03.2012)
A new study documents how the secret police in Communist East Germany tried to influence the Green Party in West Germany. Bad news for the Greens? Not at all. They're the ones who commissioned the study.
Dresden police say they are prepared for troublemakers as the city hosts three days of events to remember German reunification in 1990. Veteran civil rights advocates say far-right extremism should not be underestimated.
Hundreds of clinical tests were conducted on citizens of East Germany during the Cold War, it has been revealed. The trials by Western companies, the report concluded, did not contravene ethical practices at the time.
Once again, Germany's arms exports have increased - including to Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich kingdom is waging war in Yemen. By supplying it with weapons Germany, too, is a warring party, writes Matthias von Hein.
The German government has now published its own prosperity index. But what does it show and how can the 46 indicators be applied?
The German Interior Ministry wants to install facial recognition video surveillance in the country's airports and train stations, leaked documents have revealed. Opposition politicians say the plans are a "placebo."
Social media firms who purvey hate speech will be targeted in the EU's revised audio-visual directive, Germany's justice minister has warned. Heiko Maas said Facebook and Twitter post deletions are still too slow.
It is a gruesome case, even for long-serving criminologists and psychiatrists. The trial has begun for a couple who lured women into their house and humiliated and tortured them, killing at least two women.
When a Berlin hospital started a project to help pedophiles, people were skeptical. Now, the federal government is stepping in to secure its financing.
Berlin has increased its presence on the international stage, but it is still defining what kind of foreign policy actor it wants to be. How is Germany shaping its diplomatic future?
Several youths have been handed suspended sentences after raping a 14-year-old girl in the northern city of Hamburg. The case has revealed the murky nature of sentencing young people who commit crimes in Germany.
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