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East Berlin - red Wartburg car at the square Strausberger Platz in front of the building Haus des Kindes (house of the child) and the television tower


Barkas, "the" East German van. The production capacity of the GDR industry was limited. Goods like automobiles for private use were produced only in small numbers. Thus, the streets were filled with "dinosaur" cars.


A tree grows through the bumper of a 50 years old Volkswagen Beetle in Otto Weymann's garden, in Fuldatal, Germany. The Beetle was supposedly the first car to cross the German border after the Berlin Wall fell. Weymann says he bought the car 20 years ago from two East Germans, who had just passed the nearby border between East and West Germany and needed money. Weymann parked the Beetle in his garden and planted trees in front of and behind it…