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  2. East Germany - Wikipedia

    East Germany (German: Ostdeutschland, pronounced [ˈɔstˌdɔɪ̯t͡ʃlant] ⓘ), officially the German Democratic Republic (GDR; Deutsche Demokratische Republik, pronounced [ˈdɔɪ̯.t͡ʃʰə demoˈkʰʁaː.tʰɪ.ʃə ʁe.pʰuˈbliːkʰ] ⓘ, DDR), was a country in Central Europe that existed from its formation on 7 October 1949 until its ...

  3. History of East Germany - Wikipedia

    The German Democratic Republic (GDR), German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik ( DDR ), often known in English as East Germany, existed from 1949 to 1990. [1] It covered the area of the present-day German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin (excluding West Berlin ), Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, and Thüringen.

  4. East Germany | historical nation, Germany | Britannica

    East Germany, former country (1949–90) that constitutes the northeastern section of present-day Germany. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

  5. What Happened in East Germany? - Perspectives - College of ...

    East Germans experienced repression; faced imprisonment for any number of crimes against the state, including attempting to flee to the West; and lived in the shadow of one of the most extensive surveillance apparatuses of the time.

  6. Germany - Communist, Reunification, Berlin Wall | Britannica

    Germany - Communist, Reunification, Berlin Wall: East Germany also had experienced an economic miracle of sorts. Unlike the other Soviet-style states of eastern Europe, East Germany had been part of an advanced capitalist economy before the war, which gave it a considerable advantage in reconstruction.

  7. East Germany - Alpha History

    A map showing East Germany (orange) and its neighbouring states. East Germany was a socialist nation, formed in 1949 after the division of Germany. East Germany was, in many respects, the first child of the Cold War. When Germany was invaded by the Allies and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II, they agreed to occupy different zones.

  8. East Germany: A failed experiment in dictatorship – DW – 10 ...

    picture-alliance/ZB. The German Democratic Republic, or GDR, also simply known as East Germany, was founded as a second German state on October 7, 1949 — four years after the end of World War...