East Germany emerged as a communist state from the Soviet occupied zone of Germany after World War II. It was founded in 1949 and formally ceased to exist in 1990 when it was absorbed by West Germany.
East Germany, also known as the Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR), was a member of the Soviet-controlled Warsaw Pact countries of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It had a centrally planned economy and did not experience the 'economic miracle' in the 1950s and 60s that helped catapult West Germany from the ruins of World War II.
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This week: the harrowing story of a German family trying to find out what really happened to their 2-year-old son, who was declared dead 40 years ago under suspicious circumstances in a hospital in the former East Germany. And we take a closer look at Ceuta, a frontier town on the front line of migrant clashes in North Africa.
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the loss of a child. But imagine the anguish if you're not even allowed to see the body, and when too much probing could put you in the crosshairs of the secret police. The story of the Ranisch family and their quest for answers may be one of the darkest and best-kept secrets of the former East Germany. Natalie Muller went to Dresden to find out more.
This week, we take a closer look at the idea of national unity in Germany, 28 years on from reunification. We discover how sound can impact our mental well being and participate in a 'happiness' class at a primary school in New Dehli. Plus, we check out Berlin's own version of Oktoberfest and meet a father and son tracing the steps of US military history across Europe.
This week marks the 29th anniversary of German reunification. But there are still vast differences between Germany's eastern and western states — most recently highlighted by violent right-wing riots in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. While some west Germans are calling for the wall to be rebuilt, one man wants to change the perception of the east as a hub for right-wing populism.