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Mannequins in front of a GDR flag, dressed as GDR soldiers and GDR police
Image: Jens Büttner/dpa/picture allianceImage: Jens Büttner/dpa/picture alliance

East Germany (GDR)

East Germany emerged as a communist state from the Soviet occupied zone of Germany after World War II. It was founded in 1949 and formally ceased to exist in 1990 when it was absorbed by West Germany.

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