30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, does the gap between East and West still exist in Germany? Did the reunification process work? This is the question that was asked of five Germans through their portraits where they tell their wall.
Klaus-Dieter, a police officer since 1982, has created a private museum of the East German police. For him “The differences and the gap between East and West are still present and may even strengthen.”.
For Hermann, Franco-German and resident of East Berlin for 2 years, East Germany has brought a lot to the country at the time of reunification: “there are positive things that have been done, sociability, things we are rediscovering today. There was a hyper-developed nursery system that is still lacking in Germany today. Everything is not to be thrown in this story.
Peter is a historian and was imprisoned for one year for attempting to flee the GDR in 1981. According to him, “the citizens of the GDR have not been sufficiently prepared for reunification. ” He adds that although many have been very enthusiastic to “the idea of living in a free and democratic country“it was excessive for others who”had lived 40 years in this dictatorship.“A fact that still has today “an impact in German society”.
Gabriella Zeyfyian, 64, has lived most of her life in West Berlin. For this retiree, “relationships are not yet as they should be.“A savoir-vivre on which”we must continue to work“she adds.
On the contrary, Eckhard has always lived in the East. This former entrepreneur sees a “very long term reunification” : “In 20 or 30 years, there will be a completely homogeneous Germany, that I am quite certain.”