Photo Gallery: Forbidden Photos of Everyday Life in East Germany
07/20/2010
The newly-built Gross Klein housing estate in Rostock was built in the 1980s in...
Siegfried Wittenburg

The newly-built Gross Klein housing estate in Rostock was built in the 1980s in the prefabricated concrete style typical of communist East Germany. It had capacity for almost 20,000 people. Progress in residential construction was measured solely in terms of the number of apartments built. The environment of those new homes was regarded as secondary. Local photographer Siegfried Wittenburg took this picture in 1981 and was banned from exhibiting it.