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Magnus Hirschfeld, a researcher on sexuality and early advocates for gay rights amassed a huge body of research on homosexuality and transsexuality. In '33, he was heading and institute at the Charité University in Berlin. The Archive of his Institute was burned completely, a huge body of research was lost. This did not happen "just" because he was jewish, ...


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I visited East Berlin and Dresden in 1978 with my mother and sister ( I was 18 at the time) from the USA. We had to obtain visas many months prior to our visit from a travel agent who specialized in this. When we arrived at each of our destinations we had to register with the city officials (listing where we were staying and for how long). The visas were ...


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Q: How did an English person get entry to East Germany during the Cold War? Just crossing the border, ignoring all East-German border guards! That may have been as simple that. Really. Angering all of those East-Germans, to be sure. In Berlin, at crossing Friedrichstraße, Checkpoint Charlie. On August 2, 1989, the "Berliner Zeitung" newspaper, which ...


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For any visit for staying overnight, a form of package tour had to be organized by the Reisebüro der DDR unless you were invited by relatives of on business A visa would then be issued at the border, based on the papers issued by the Travel Agent (on behalf of the Reisebüro der DDR) or by the Volkspolizei for private visits. Exception: day visits to East-...


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