A brief historical overview of the Soviet-controlled German "Democratic" Republic (GDR).
1945: Germany divided in A brief historical overview of the Soviet-controlled German "Democratic" Republic (GDR).
1945: Germany divided into four zones of occupation
1949: German Democratic Republic formally declared
1953: Large strikes in East Germany suppressed by Red Army; dozens killed, thousands arrested
1961: Construction begins on Berlin Wall
1989: Berlin Wall falls
1990: The two Germanys formally unified
Part 1 of a series of videos I'm putting together on communism during the Cold War:
Part 1: East Germany
Part 2: North Korea
Part 3: Cuba
Part 4: Cambodia
Part 5: China
Part 6: Soviet Union
This video has the Trabant footage edited out, so my apologies to "PROGRESS Film-Verleih GmbH", because we all know that 40 year old footage of a car that is no longer produced, from a country that no longer exists, is in such high demand.