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Dioramas: Buildings & Ruins
Ruined buildings and city scenes.
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"Reconstruction" Eastern Europe
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Bayern, Germany
Joined: October 14, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 06:49 AM UTC

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A remote relative lived in the GDR and she did some private rebuilding. She wanted tiles in her bathroom so everyone she knew sufficiently well was asked to "find" tiles if they could.
After a few years she had all the tiles she needed.
"Finding" (scrounging, stealing, whatever ...) the grout to set the tiles was another matter so another relative who lived in the west was asked to buy grout in the west and bring it to the GDR.
/ Robin

My Grand Aunt lived in Leipzig. Each year, she was allowed to visit us after she retired. After Reunification we visited her in a Plattenbau in Leipzig. So I grew a quite good Saxonian accent during her visits.
Helping each other was quite common in East Germany. What the state factories could not deliver, somehow someone can "organize" it and you can swap for other things that you have "organzed".
One common practice was to send "Westpakete" (parcels with West German supplies). For example coffee, chocolate and fruits were commonly send. While the food supply in East Germany was quite good, frúits like bananas or oranges were sparse. A commom joke after the opening of the border was:
"How can you tell were the east side of the (Berlin) wall is?
Put a banana on the wall and where the banana is bitten of, there`s East Germany".
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 20, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 08:58 AM UTC
The worst I saw was Dresden, which someone has mentioned earlier. I hitchhiked there right after the wall came down. The photos I posted earlier for those who didn't guess is in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther started the whole Protestant thing.
Anyway, many parts of Dresden still looked bad.
Fun trip though. I was the first American most people had ever seen. I never even had to stick my thumb out - people would just drive up and ask, "Sind Sie Amerikaner?" Must have been the ALICE pack and the boots.
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Texas, United States
Joined: July 27, 2006
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:23 AM UTC
I was stationed in Grafenwoehr for 9 of 16 Years in Germany. I used to have an excellent Bavarian accent. I was there when the wall went down and got to encounter Trabie's in the Parkplaetze and almost run them over on the A9. We used to go to Marienbad in the Czech. As soon as you crossed the border you went back in time 40 years. I did a daylong motorcycle trip through Prague and a little past it. Somewhere in the Czech traffic archives I have picture of me running a stoplight. There was an "abandoned" Russian Kaserne being guarded by one soldier in a decrepit uniform at a the sitting on a cement block. The building behind him was destroyed (Doors and windows broken). I have heard the same that the Russians when they left would take anything and everything they could, doors, windows, tubs, sinks, and toilets. Anything that could be unbolted.