After the Wall
For ease of use, the following list has been divided into English and German, with the emphasis being on English-language resources. Please also see the worksheets page for further teaching materials, and the links page for a wide variety of thematic links on the GDR.
An article from the Central Europe Review looking at German unification ten years on, including economic and institutional change, privatisation and unemployment.
A German Unification Case Study classroom activity.
This Spiegel article is part of the ’20 years After the Wall’ series, and examines the phenomenon of nostalgia for the GDR, accompanied by a photo gallery of the GDR remembered.
Good Bye Lenin! study guide for teachers and pupils.
Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others study guide for teachers and pupils.
Powerpoint presentation on the GDR from Leeds University.
‘Footnote or Footprint? The German Democratic Republic in History’, 20 years on, by Professor Donna Harsch, Carnegie Mellon University.
Scheme of work for year 9 pupils on the theme of 'Communism', with a focus on the GDR. Created and kindly made available by Redland Green School History Department, Bristol.
A comprehensive site on pre- and post-Wende East Berlin, with numerous photos, articles and personal accounts.
PSM-Data bank of official GDR documents – some English translations, some only in German.
GDR contents page of the German Propaganda Archive, a collection of translations of propaganda material from the Nazi and East German eras.
AQA GCE History Resources List – From Defeat To Unity: Germany, 1945-1991
A collection of photos of the GDR by West Berlin journalist Hans-Joachim Helwig-Wilson.
Pictures of Berlin Wall artwork from Der Spiegel
BBC Radio 4 Interview with Brian Ladd on Berlin, ‘the haunted city’.
Information and teaching resources on life in the GDR.
Teaching resources and information on specific events/aspects of the GDR.
Deutschland radio clip discussing Georg Katzer’s composition ‘Mein 1989’ - aimed at children.
Original GDR television footage 1989-90.