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Reunification Revisited

Thirty years after German reunification put an end to the 1949 division of Germany into East and West, the questions remain:  How did people in both socialist East Germany and capitalist West Germany think about organizing their societies? What was important to them, and what didn't work out as planned? What can we learn from these frictions? How do the former social imaginaries speak to our present? 

Reunification Revisited invites students of German and modern German history to explore life in Cold-War- divided East and West Germany. Educators can use 100+ short videos with filmmakers, activists, historians, diplomats and social scientists, as well as corresponding interactive materials to incorporate the German Reunfication in their instruction.

Youth Culture in Divided Germany Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

Lecture-Series on Demand

What did youth cultures in divided Germany look like? What can the history of German division tell us about the state of contemporary democracy? Do walls work?

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For Educators

Do you teach German or modern German/European history? Get ideas about how to best navigate the website and work- sheets to incorporate content in your teaching.

Entanglement and Difference: FRG vs. GDR


Ajkuna Hoppe Ajkuna Hoppe © private Andrea Pfeil Andrea Pfeil © Jacobia Dahm Kerstin Hämmerling Kerstin Hämmerling | Photo: Mark Römisch © Goethe-Institut Boston Steffen Kaupp Steffen Kaupp | Photo: Mark Römisch © Goethe-Institut Boston
Ajkuna Hoppe ajkuna.hoppe@goethe.de
Andrea Pfeil andrea.pfeil@goethe.de       
Kerstin Hämmerling  teacherservice-boston@goethe.de
Steffen Kaupp, PhD steffen.kaupp@goethe.de


Reunification Revisited is produced in partnership with Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship), German Consulate General New York, German American Partnership Program (GAPP), American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) and Spark for German.

Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung German Consulate General New York

TOP (Transatlantic Outreach Program) AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) SPARK ( Spark for German) GAPP (German American Partnership Program)