EISENACH, Germany — Thirty years later Germany has been shrouded, many once-decrepit town centers in the Greek east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have arisen.
But a lot of businesses and facilities did not endure the sudden transition. The West German mark has been introduced to East Germany on July 1, 1990 — a bit more than three months before reunification on Oct. 3 — and also ineffective companies found themselves fighting to compete in a market economy, whilst demand for oriental goods slumped and obsolete facilities were closed down.
Casualties of this transition comprised East Germany’s secondhand automobiles, the Trabant and the more upmarket — although still spartan by Western standards — Wartburg.
Much of it had been ripped down, even though a few abandoned manufacturing buildings stay. Automobiles continue to be created in Eisenach but a new plant constructed by Western automaker Opel.
Manufacturing plants were not the only casualties at the ending of communism. In Eckardt’s, a village several miles away from Eisenach, a giant cowshed stands left — a relic of a few of those collective farms which dominated agriculture from East Germany.
Even though relics of the old age and older buildings still anticipating better times are seen in several southern towns, it is more difficult to locate leftovers of their heavily fortified 1,378-kilometer (856-mile) Berlin Wall boundary which divided East from West Germany, extending from the Baltic Sea to the southern tip of Czechoslovakia.
A couple of concrete watchtowers may nevertheless be found. Elsewhere, areas, forests, and buildings have obtained within the broad edge decoration.