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A German Year (1-50)

Spring 1989, the ruins of the old freight yards at Gleisdreieck, West Berlin

In the background, the yards are being restored for the Berlin technical Museum

Spring 1989, disused railway lines disappear under the wilderness, West Berlin

Areas on the periphery of the city lie dormant like after the passing of the ice age

1st may 1989 Last squatters on Heinrichplatz watch the demo wind past

Later, the usual street fighting took place a few blocks away

1st May 1989 Police regroup after pursuing protestors to Lausitzerplatz

Smoke rises from barricades and the tear gas unit comes to the front

1st May 1989 Police regrouping at the corner of Lausitzerplatz

On the left of the picture, the tear gas canister is being loaded

1st May 1989 Police come forward to fire tear gas towards demonstrators

Bystanders come out to see what is going on

1st May 1989 the police drive past to test the water

The streetfighters are happy to oblige

1st May 1989 The water cannon are deployed - David v. Goliath

I admit to the romantic associations which framed this picture

1st May 1989 The water cannon nudges politely past a burning car

The war zone scenario is complete

2nd May 1989 The aftermath

I used to live in the house on the corner behind the power shovel

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. Started by the French army in 1981

A French military band saxophonist in the 1936 Olympic stadium

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. French military band

The 1936 Olympic stadium was in the French zone in west Berlin

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. 1936 Olympia stadium. First city race in Germany

Children form local sports club prepare for their performance

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. Olympia stadium west Berlin

Sports club members prepare for their performance

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. Near the stadium

A group of breast fetishists enjoy their run

May 1989 25 Kilometres de Berlin. A leading group

First city race in Germany, Started by the French in 1981

May 1989 Breitscheidplatz

School kids demonstration against asbestos in their school

May 1989 Breitscheidplatz west Berlin

School kids demonstration against asbestos in their school

May 1989 Breitscheidplatz west Berlin

School kids demonstration against asbestos in their school

June 1989 Breitscheidplatz west Berlin, performance to claim more rights for women

Situationist discusses with a passerby who has a different opinion on women's rights

June 1989 Breitscheidplatz west Berlin, performance to claim more rights for women

Passersby watch the Situationist performance on Breitscheidplatz, west Berlin

June 1989 Breitscheidplatz west Berlin, performance to claim more rights for women

Situationist performance by west Berlin Sponti group FDGÖ

June 1989 The unseen wall benath Potsdamerplatz

Disused underground train tunnel ending at the Berlin wall

June 1989 The unseen wall benath Potsdamerplatz

Disused underground train tunnel ending at the Berlin wall

Many spaces in west Berlin were of no use for government or capital

June 1989 Entrance to an unused underground train station

July 1989 Palace of the Republic, east Berlin

Demolished to make place for a copy of the original imperial Stadtschloss

The guard of the guard who guards the New Guard House

July 1989 Die neue Wache (Schinkel), Unter den Linden, east Berlin

July 1989, Die neue Wache, Unter den Linden, east Berlin

The leather boots, jodhpurs, coal-scuttle helmet and goose-stepping reminded me of another army...

A school group walking towards St. Mary's Church and the TV tower

July 1989 Alexanderplatz, east Berlin

July 1989 Heinrichplatz, Kreuzberg west Berlin

A demo against rising rents marches forlornly across the square in the summer rain

July 1989 on the A13 down to Marieney

A comfortable resting place on the road near Plauen east Germany

July 1989 a town on the way to Marieney

Just a few months before the fall of the Wall in an isolated province of east Germany

July 1989 Stadt Park Plauen east Germany

Marx amidst the (scarlet) Rhodedendrons

July 1989 sunday concert Plauen east Germany

The ticket lady watching me so suspiciously sold me a ticket with "Fun Tax" on it

July 1989 sunday concert with soviet magician Plauen east Germany

A small audience for the soviet army entertainment corps

July 1989 sunday concert with soviet magician Plauen east Germany

A small audience for the soviet army entertainment corps

July 1989 sunday concert with soviet magician Plauen east Germany

A sound mixer and recordist

July 1989 sunday concert with soviet magician Plauen east Germany

A small audience for the soviet army entertainment corps

July 1989 sunday concert with cossacks Plauen east Germany

A round of applause for the cossacks of the soviet army entertainment corps

July 1989 sunday concert with soviet magician Plauen east Germany

A round of applause for the cossacks of the soviet army entertainment corps

July 1989 Art weekend Marieney east Germany

A home made swing in a barn with appropriate safety equipment

July 1989 Art weekend Marieney east Germany

A tender moment in the barn with interested onlookers

July 1989 Art weekend Marieney east Germany

GDR citizens had begun to flee over the Hungarian border to Austria, the mood here was fractious

July 1989 Art weekend Marieney east Germany

The idea to release balloons carrying messages was poignant as the children watched them disappear

July 1989 Leipzig east Germany

Lady looking out of a store

July 1989 Bar Übersee in west Berlin

The owner collective confer

July 1989 Fast food snack bar Prenzlauer Berg east Berlin

The east would attempt to offer its citizens the Communist equivalent: fast food, advertising, neon

July 1989 Wandlitz near east Berlin

or, open air movies

July 1989 Wandlitz near east Berlin

Very spartan open air movie theatre

July 1989 Wandlitz near east Berlin

Liepnitzsee was and is a much loved destination at weekends