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After the end of the Second World War, the Allies determine the contours of the political renewal in Germany. Beyond the negotiations in pursuit of a common Germany policy, the first exhibit area documents the differing living conditions faced by the populations in the four occupation zones. The conflict between the Western powers and the Soviet Union comes into sharp relief through the introduction of the D-Mark in 1948 and the Berlin Airlift. Starting with a German Democratic Republic (GDR) border post, the tour examines the beginnings of the division of Germany. In the separate exhibit areas on the history of the GDR and the Federal Republic, the tour uses the Beetle and the Trabi as vehicles for a look at the different day-to-day realities of life in the West and the East. In 1961, the leadership of the GDR reacts to the rising tide of emigration and escapees by building the Berlin Wall, original sections of which are included in the exhibit. Original transparencies from demonstrations in Berlin show the Peaceful Revolution that heralded the end of the GDR. The tour concludes with the German reunification.

suitable age 12+

digital 60 minutes