June 29, 1990 |
It was an hour after official closing time for the town's only bank, yet 14 weary souls waited quietly in the cheap fluorescent glare as the lone teller labored on. In calmer times, everyone here would have long since been home, the bank's manager, Martina Bengsch, admitted, and she would occasionally see her infant daughter before she went to sleep. But for East Germany, these are not calm times.
November 26, 1989 |
When he was drafted into the East Germany army, Sven Haselman might have half-wondered if he would spend his 18 months in the service learning how to maneuver tanks or one of the big green troop carriers that trundle down the autobahn. Instead, the 19-year-old soldier is learning to operate a streetcar so he can ferry rush-hour commuters in the industrial city of Magdeburg, about a two-hour drive southwest of Berlin.
March 18, 1990 |
In the 1960s, the world marveled at the German "economic miracle" as the West German economy came back from the rubble of World War II to become the economic superpower of Europe. Now, with the end of the Cold War and the promise of German reunification, the world looks for an encore as East Germany is pulled up to parity with its brother to the west.