BERLIN (Reuters) – Life in the Communist-ruled German Democratic Republic (GDR) was simpler and sometimes could be “almost comfortable in a certain way”, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in the former East, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
In an interview with the German daily released ahead of Saturday’s 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel said western Germany had a “rather stereotypical notion” of the East.
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There are a lot of people, she said, “who simply had a hard time understanding that there was a difference between the GDR state and the individual life of the GDR citizens.”
“I’ve been asked if you could be happy in the GDR, and if you could laugh. Yes, and myself and many others attached great importance to being able to look (ourselves) in the mirror each day, but we made compromises,” she said.
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“Many people didn’t want to escape every day or get imprisoned. This feeling is difficult to convey.”
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