Teach Me About East Germany
March 10, 2010 2:42 PM Subscribe
I want to know everything about East Germany (the GDR). What can you teach me?
posted by Despondent_Monkey to law & government (22 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm deeply interested in history, and I recently realized that I don't have any in-depth knowledge about the former DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik).
Basically, I was wondering if the community could help me become less ignorant of the DDR - I've done some rudimentary searches for information on my own but there seems to be a surprising lack of English-language research on the subject.
I'm looking for everything - literally everything - the good, the bad, the mundane, the significant. Do we have any former DDR citizens here? What was everyday life like? What about politics? Health care? Entertainment? Transportation? Coffee? Smoking? Technology?
My limited knowledge of the DDR has been very US-centric and when they covered East Germany at all, the schools I attended focused almost entirely on the negative aspects of the regime. I want to gain a more balanced perspective, however, from scholars, history enthusiasts, and people who actually experienced the DDR firsthand. So I'll take both the good and the bad. I'm extremely curious, and I'll thank and reward anyone who can help me broaden my understanding.
Note: I can speak/read German at a decent level, so German-language sources are not a problem.