Wall and barbed wire dominated the relationship between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic in public perception. But the ZDFinfo documentary "Lost Places – Destiny of the German division" shows on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 20:15, seven other places that made the madness of the division of Germany visible.
One of the "Lost Places" is the Brocken in the Harz, which in the years of the division neither West nor East Germans were allowed to scale. Shielded by an additional wall, it was the highest listening post in East Germany. Soviet soldiers and the Ministry of State Security listened to radio messages and telephone calls from here to the English Channel.
In a nondescript office building in Salzgitter lay the central registration office for injustice in the GDR. The small authority in the Federal Republic of Germany was a thorn in the side of the GDR officials. The employees collected cases of human rights violations, legal arbitrariness and border killings in East Germany.
The largest West German refugee camp for refugees from the East was located in Giessen, Hesse. For hundreds of thousands, the place is still synonymous with freedom. So far, however, only an inconspicuous memorial stone reminds of this time.
While western bathing tourists on the Baltic Sea beach were recovering at the Priwall, the border guards stopped attempts to escape from GDR citizens – a deceptive idyll on the death strip. Today, nothing is seen from the bizarre border facilities on the beach.
ZDFinfo reiterates "Lost Places – Destiny of the German Division" on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 3:45 pm.