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I was a teenager in East Germany when the Wall fell. Today we are still divided

I was a teenager in East Germany when the Wall fell. Today we are still divided

Publicerat av Tony Harkén torsdag, 07 november 2019.

Three decades on, the country’s unification is still a source of sadness and trauma – which the far right know how to exploit.

I was 15 when the Berlin Wall came down. Everything changed: the east adopted not just the West German currency, but all its laws and rules and values.

Thousands of companies were privatised within four years of the wall falling – millions lost their jobs, and millions more migrated to the west in search of better paid work. In 1994, only 18% of East German employees still worked at the same place as they had in 1991, according to the historian Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk.

Read more atSabine Rennefanz - The Guardian

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