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ECLECTICIST: East Germany

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Introduction

Topic Overview

Off-topic

Talking Points

Glossary

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 10th January, 2016

Published: 16th January, 2016

Last update: 16th January, 2016

Introduction

Topic Overview

The Deutsche Demokratische Republik otherwise known as East Germany was a significant slice of post war Deutschland administered by the Soviet Union for over 40 years. During that time, the population endured an ever dwindling economic output. Goods and services taken for granted by those in the perceived American puppet state over The Wall were unimaginable. The people were largely trapped in a state where the suspicion of dissent or insurrection was punishable by harsh personal levies and on occasion, beatings and execution. After Reunification and much needed investment, the vestiges of the Eastern Bloc persist and the region suffers from slow and patchy development and a decline in population. What must it have been like living with secret police, citizen informants, variable rationing, no bananas, free childcare and all the best museums?

Off-topic

What we’re not talking about

Talking Points

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Glossary

Terminology specific to the topic

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

The Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR

Timeline

Good 1996 interview with Gorbachev on reforms that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain (YouTube)