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A German Year (51-100)

July 1989 Wandlitz near east Berlin

Liepnitzsee was and is a much loved destination at weekends

Summer 1989, a small squatters camp in the lee of the wall, Kreuzberg, West Berlin

One of many pastoral idylls which could be found along the wall where the west police had no jurisdiction

Two punks drinking in front of their house in the Admiral Strasse

They are sitting in front of a gallery called "Stilbruch"

July 1989 In Bovril, Kurfurstendamm, west Berlin

West Berlin prominence starting the day

July 1989 In Bovril, Kurfurstendamm, west Berlin

Smoking was almost universal in those days

Tempodrom, July 1989 audience at a rock concert

The venue was a circus tent pegged out over the street

July 1989, the wagenburg behind Bethanien

Brigitt had been cross that the usual picture of this session had been too grim

July 1989, staircase in Kreuzberg

The standard of housing in the west was often not better than the east

Summer 1989 A slightly drunk girl in a bar in the middle of the day

She told me she wanted to be a model

Summer 1989 The wall at Zimmerstrasse has been turned into a gallery

The wall is now an artistic playground

Summer 1989 The wall at Zimmerstrasse has been turned into a gallery

A friend used to live in the shop where the boy is standing

Summer 1989 Liquor production and bar in Leydickes

The traditional decor has been around for 100 years. West Berlin

Summer 1989 Demonstration against the treatment of AIDS, Urania, west Berlin

The lack of progress dealing with the illness and the social repercussions were leading to tension

Summer 1989 open space repurposed as a children's farmyard

The Berlin wall enabled much free space to be used for independant projects

Summer 1989 models in a fashion show confer

Berlin fashion scene was self-consciously radical and not always good

Summer 1989 Newly formed party "Die Republikaner" canvas support

Outside the displaced persons event - a hotbed of reactionary political belief

Summer 1989 Rupert Scholz, then Defence Minister of the BRD attends the "Displaced Persons Union" event

Scholz (CDU) believed that the BRD should become a nuclear power

Summer 1989 "Displaced Person Union" event

Just liked the ominous "Vaterland

Summer 1989 A Kreuzberger group of artists

The opposite face of Germany after the conservatives

Summer 1989 Kreuzberg west Berlin

Queue of East Germans to pick up their "Greetings money" DM 100. The border is becoming porous

June 1989 The unseen wall benath Potsdamerplatz

Disused underground train tunnel ending at the Berlin wall

Queue of East Germans to pick up their "Greetings money" DM 100. The border is becoming porous

Every family member has been mobilised to take advantage of the "Greetings money" of DM 100. The border is becoming porous

9th November 1989 Refugee shelter in Berlin's Messehallen (Trade Fair Buildings)

Working for "Stern" in the Refugee shelter, the wall is beginning to fall

9th November 1989 GDR citizens who have escaped over Hungary in a Refugee shelter

Outside history is being made

July 1989 Wandlitz near east Berlin

Outside history is being made

Temporary cubicles have been made for the refugees from Hungary

9th November refugee center West berlin

Temporary cubicles have been made for the refugees from Hungary

Refugee children coming to terms with the new situation

9th November 1989 Refugee centre in West berlin

Outside history is being made

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

High ranking Stasi officers (State Security) watch the situation as GDR citizens take advantage of the situation

High ranking Stasi officers (State Security) watch the situation as GDR citizens take advantage of the situation

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

High ranking Stasi officers (State Security) watch the situation as GDR citizens take advantage of the situation

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

A group of young women show their joy at the unexpected developments

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

School children turn out to welcome the new arrivals

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

School children turn out to welcome the new arrivals

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

West Berliners wait to meet family members after the wall falls

10th November1989, Border Moritzplatz West Berlin the wall has been breached

School children welcome the new arrivals

January1990, the wall is beginning to be dismantled (despite what the BBC says!)

A squatter who has been living in an encampment in the lee of the wall talks to GDR Border guards

January1990, the wall is beginning to be dismantled

A squatter who has been living in an encampment in the lee of the wall talks to GDR Border guards

January1990, the wall is beginning to be dismantled

An East German Border Guard reluctantly stands for a portrait

February 1990 The wall is dismantled at Waldemarstrasse in Kreuzberg

The East German Army has not got used to being observed

February 1990 the NVA begins to take down the wall

The wall is replaced by wire mesh, making things draughty for the Squatter's camp

February 1990 The wall is dismantled at Waldemarstrasse

Not much of an improvement - the wall is replaced by wire mesh

February 1990 the wall near Checkpoint Charlie

So-called "Wall-woodpeckers" have been chipping away for several weeks

February 1990 Kreuzberg's demo culture is still alive

Housing conditions demo at Heinrichplatz, Kreuzberg

February 1990 the famous Glienicker Brücke seen from Babelsberg Park

Soviet and GDR flags still fly where spies were swapped during the cold war

February 1990 placard from citizens against the secret police

By this time the Stasi HQ had been stormed to ensure that no evidence could be destroyed

February 1990 Border Guards on a train to Potsdam

Despite having no state, the Border Guards try to keep up appearences

February 1990 The GDR conductor waers a suspicious looking hat

Entering Potsdam by train, the wall in its more civil guise

February 1990 Reichsbahn employees joke with a broom

Already feeling like they live in a zoo, a jovial protest

February 1990 Potsdam in the rain

Like looking back forty years