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Life in East Germany in photos

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EAST Germany came into being in 1949. It was the communist German Democratic Republic. In 1961, the Berlin Wall split the city between East and West Germany. In 1968, the East German constitution stated that unification was impossible until the West became socialist. In 1990, Germany was reunified. The West had won the Cold War. What was life like back then behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany? These photos present a compelling picture:

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Head of West Germany's Permanent Representation in East Germany, Hans Otto Braeutigam is welcomed by a honor guard on May 24, 1985 in East Berlin, Germany. Person at left unidentified. (AP Photo/Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann)