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)
The influence of German philospher Karl Marx on Africa's liberation movements was once so widespread that several post-colonial states defined themselves as Marxist. What remains of African socialism today?
Germans who lived in the GDR have been able to view the files kept on them by East Germany's notorious Stasi secret police. Now, East Germany's last prime minister is demanding to see what the West knew about him.
Berlin was not only East Germany's capital, but also the center of the Stasi's persecution. Many victims of that period feel forgotten. A memorial could help change that, believes DW columnist Gero Schliess.
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