East German Authorities close the border between east and west Berlin and Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

East German Authorities close the border between east and west Berlin and Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.

Where the Berlin Wall once stood. Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz taken from West Berlin, Germany.

Where the Berlin Wall once stood. Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz taken from West Berlin, Germany.

The last parade of the Armed Forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) in 1989 - celebrating the 40th anniversary of the republic.

The last parade of the Armed Forces of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) in 1989 - celebrating the 40th anniversary of the republic.

Street Scene, DDR (East Germany), 1984 | ~ https://de.pinterest.com/valeriomaso/ddr-deutsche-demokratische-republik/

Street Scene, DDR (East Germany), 1984 | ~ https://de.pinterest.com/valeriomaso/ddr-deutsche-demokratische-republik/

Credit:  Thomas Hoepker East Berlin apartment blocks in 1975, with poster showing leader Erich Honecker.

Vintage Berlin - in pictures

Credit: Thomas Hoepker East Berlin apartment blocks in 1975, with poster showing leader Erich Honecker.

Magnum Photos — Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

Magnum Photos — Thomas Hoepker — EAST GERMANY. The streets of medieval Mehlhausen's old city center in Thuringia are adorned with flags.

Berlin Wall, then and now. Look how industrial and depressing East Germany was even in this tiny snapshot, and how baroque and grand the West was.

Berlin Wall, then and now. Look how industrial and depressing East Germany was even in this tiny snapshot, and how baroque and grand the West was.

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