The photographs document my first impressions of urban life in so-called new German states – Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia – which were dissolved by the East German government in 1952 and were re-established in 1990.

# Halle-Neustadt

# Leipzig

Leipzig, the biggest city in Saxony, met me with rainy weather, so the city is in no way as gloomy as it might seem through my camera. Since the reunification of Germany, this has been a city of dramatic change – the most dynamic in Eastern Germany after the capital of Berlin. Leipzig was even called “the new Berlin” by some and it is definitely worth spending much more time there than the two days I had.

# Dresden

As I arrived in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, just for a day, it was raining cats and dogs. Walking in that gloomy weather I tried to grasp the sadness of beautiful Dresden which was destined to be bombed into ashes by the Allied British/American forces in February 1945. 2,600 tons of high explosives and incendiary devices had been dropped on the unprotected city. At least 25,000 inhabitants died in the terrifying firestorm and thirteen square miles of the city’s historic center, including incalculable quantities of treasure and works of art, lay in ruins…

Experts assume that despite the thorough clearing of the cellars after 1945, there are still some undiscovered bodies from the bombing night.

Dresden went through a complicated restoration process as well as the process of economic revival since the reunification of Germany. Like no other city in Europe, it reminds me of the whole nonsense of conducting wars and constructing walls…

Dresden is a must-see city for all who are interested in the history of the European continent.

Frederick Taylor, British Historian

“The destruction of Dresden has an epically tragic quality to it. It was a wonderfully beautiful city and a symbol of baroque humanism and all that was best in Germany. It also contained all of the worst from Germany during the Nazi period. In that sense, it is an absolutely exemplary tragedy for the horrors of 20th-century warfare and a symbol of destruction.”

# Dresden-Neustadt

Since the reunification of 1989, the district of Neustadt, located across the Elbe and to the north of the Innere Altstadt (Inner Old City), has been associated with counter-culture and anti-authoritarianism, typified by a very high level of street art and graffiti.

2 thoughts on “ Across The New German States… ”

  1. Hallo liebe Ira, ich habe dich wieder gefunden! In Moskau und Berlin haben wir uns getroffen! Wie geht es dir und WO bist du in dieser ungewöhnlichen Zeit? Melde dich bitte einmal!!!Liebe Grüße 🖖

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