East and West- a short history
1945 - May 7th Germany surrenders unconditionally
The winning allies split Germany into 4 zones: Russia in the
East & France, England and the USA in the West
1949- March: the three Western powers merge to make West
Germany into one country: The Federal Republic of Germany
October: The Soviet zone becomes the
German Democratic Republic
Berlin was separated into 4 sections
1961- borders were closed in the night of August 13th by the
Russians to stop migration to the West
1989- November 9th: An East German broadcast announces that the
boarders are open, the wall is coming down
1990- October 3rd: Germany is officially reunited as one!
Activating Prior knowledge & a brief history of events
German reading (very simplified) & Vendiagram for multiple activities
Life in the DDR (GRD) what was it like? Read & Share
Where was the picture taken? Reasoning.
(adapted from www.chronicdermauer.de)
Final assignment for the unit. Choose your medium to present your newly found knowledge.
Research East German products on the web and list them with their West German counter part.
For more information on what it meant to be "walled in" in East Berlin and East Germany, watch the video below. The 10 minute video explains really well how the wall and boarders functioned and who was involved in keeping people contained in the East. If you watch this video at home be sure to mention it in class. Inform your classmates of the new and interesting facts that you learned.
There are many useful websites about the separation and reunification of Germany, as well as:
- Life in the DDR (East Germany)
- Products of East Germany (website in English)
- Dates and information about the wall: Berlin Wall Online and Chronic der Mauer (dates, videos, photos, facts)
- Personal Accounts: a Danish perspective and Photos and Articles from the day the wall fell
- Videos, photos, memoroes and reflections and a great Intro video can be found on CBC News' website (Danke, Tyler!)