Amazing Photos of Life in East Germany


Life in the German Democratic Republic was probably not too amazing for most people, but these photos definitely are. A follow up to our post on life in West Berlin.

East German punk taking the U-Bahn next to an Volkspolizei officer, East Berlin, East Germany (1986)
During an airshow in Magdeburg in 1974, a soldier and his girlfriend spend some personal time together. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A pantomime theater group eats on a rooftop in East Berlin, 1984. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
An East Berlin punk, 1987. Image credit:Harald Hauswald
Three men riding public transit look dreary from a long day on the job. Harald Hauswald
A Soviet soldier looks over an event in the medieval city center of Bautzen. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A young girl walks through the streets of Quedlinburg, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A group of teens sit around a fountain in East Berlin, circa 1970s. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
The Betriebskampftruppen paramilitary group marches through East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Actors sit in the cafeteria of East Berlin’s Berliner Ensenble theater, 1974. Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A man rests under the dandelion fountain in Dresden, in the city center of Prager Strasse. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A rally celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of East Germany takes place in East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A hooligan passed out under a tree following a soccer match, while the others in attendance leave the area. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
A storefront displays propaganda poster in East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Members of the paramilitary Betriebskampfgruppen group march in East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A group of female performers dancing for the audience at Friedrichstadt Palace in East Berlin, 1984. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Anti-Nazi graffiti on a wall in an East German city, 1990. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
An abandoned trailer covered in graffiti on the streets of Prenzlauer Berg, 1974. Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
New Waver in East Berlin, 1984. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
May Day celebrations take place at Karl Marx Allee in East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
World War II ruins in East Berlin display the words “never war again” in graffiti, 1974. Image Credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Armed guards watch over a public soccer event to make sure the hooligans in the crowd do not get out of hand. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
Hooligans jump a fence and rush the field after a closely fought soccer match. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
Young men in a rainstorm with German flags at Alexanderplatz Square in East Berlin. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
Schoolchildren on a class outing having an ice cream break in front of a shop in Erfurt, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A Free German Youth Organization band plays in front of a statue of Vladimir Lenin in East Berlin, 1974. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A young couple getting close on the sidewalk as a “hooligan” looks on. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
A group of youths gathers on their motorcycles near Hoyerswerda, 1975. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A parade marking the 35th anniversary of the proclamation of East Germany held at the Karl Marx Allee in East Berlin, 1984. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
A couple out dancing. Location unknown. Image credit: Harald Hauswald
A parade in East Berlin in 1959 marking the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of East Germany. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Women planting potatoes in a field, 1975. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Two men in East Berlin deliver coal to apartments in the city. Image Credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
Children playing with a soccer ball at the Berlin Wall in 1963. Image credit: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos

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