10 Facts About East German


The GDR leadership in East German Berlin did not dare to completely lock down their own country's borders.

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Important non-parliamentary mass organisations in East German society included the German Gymnastics and Sports Association, and People's Solidarity, an organisation for the elderly.

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East German Berlin was made the country's 15th Bezirk in 1961 but retained special legal status until 1968, when the residents approved the new constitution.

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East German won the regional elections for the Brandenburg state assembly at the head of the SPD list in 1990.

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Critics of the East German state have claimed that the state's commitment to Communism was a hollow and cynical tool, Machiavellian in nature, but this assertion has been challenged by studies that have found that the East German leadership was genuinely committed to the advance of scientific knowledge, economic development, and social progress.

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Notable East German composers include Hanns Eisler, Paul Dessau, Ernst Hermann Meyer, Rudolf Wagner-Regeny, and Kurt Schwaen.

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East German theatre was originally dominated by Bertolt Brecht, who brought back many artists out of exile and reopened the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm with his Berliner Ensemble.

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The East German industry became known worldwide for its productions, especially children's movies .

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East German became an honorary Sioux chief when he visited the United States in the 1990s, and the television crew accompanying him showed the tribe one of his movies.

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East German warns German society should watch out in case Ostalgie results in a distortion and romanticization of the past.

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