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.
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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.
On November 4, 1989, a cabal of East German creatives and intellectuals demanded democratic reform. The result was an enormous demonstration that catalyzed the fall of the Berlin Wall.
East German musician Wolf Biermann took the stage in West Germany in November 1976. His performance unleashed a chain reaction of criticism from both the communist state and its citizens — with historic consequences.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new book portrays different dissidents. Author Marko Martin told DW why he decided to explore their role during that era — and how they can inspire us now.
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