East Germans headed West to go shopping once the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago
An amazing debut: In "Tomorrow we are free," Iranian director Hossein Pourseifi — who has long lived in Germany — connects life in his home country to communist East Germany.
Germany has commemorated 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Born into a Europe without the Iron Curtain, DW's Kate Brady assesses the "new walls" in a Germany divided over identity.
They were outsiders, teenagers, rebelling against confinement. They were despised by citizens loyal to the state, harassed by GDR authorities, and locked up in prison. But being punk also meant freedom.
Angela Merkel has said that her leadership style is partly shaped by her youth in the communist former German Democratic Republic. The German chancellor also described her upbringing in the East as "almost comfortable."
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