A relationship ends tragically just as the Berlin Wall goes up: Manfred flees to West Berlin. His lover Rita chooses to stay in the east in "They Divided the Sky" by Christa Wolf.
Former GDR author Christa Wolf remains one of Germany's most famous authors. Her death in 2011 prompted condolences from around the world. Her birthday on March 18 is a day to recall her legacy.
Was the GDR really the better Germany? Does standing up for your own political ideals pay off? Christa Wolf has her qualms — and yet she defends the moral advantages of socialist daily life.
DW set out to prepare a list of interesting German-language novels and stories published since 1900 that have been translated into English. The compilation turned out to be the first of its kind. Here's how it happened.
Many Germans still remember Berlin's demolished Palace of the Republic, but the draft for a new East German constitution from 1990 is widely forgotten. An art event revisits the symbolic charge of the two phantoms.
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