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Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was...

Not a republic, just a zone

My father, although a pragmatist, never accepted the division of post-war Germany nor a clear distinction between citizens of both German states.

July 1950: Communists first give away one fifth of Germany

The German Democratic Republic and Poland in July 1950 signed the Treaty of Görlitz concerning their mutual border.

Berlin’s new “Anti-police-law”

Police in Berlin weren’t in an enviable position before, but a recent law further complicates their situation.

Making some money in the Workers and Farmers’ State

The GDR was never a foreign country for me, and as a student I even did some little business over there.

July 1st, 1990: Germany preparing for reunification on October 3rd

The economic, currency and social union between the FRG and the GDR on July 1st, 1990 paved the way to reunification on October 3rd.

Some thoughts about political humor

Political humor thrives much better under authoritarian governments or in exceptional situations than in democracies under normal circumstances.

Hungary, a place for Germans to fraternize before reunification

I haven’t been able to return to Hungary since 1987, but I keep in mind some occurrences that just won’t happen again.

Germany 1945: surrender or liberation?

There’s hardly any controversy about Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 anymore, but that’s mostly due to a very selective view of history.

Democracy à la Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised in a communist household in a communist state, never fully understood real democracy. The recent scandalous events in Thuringia proved it again.

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