Images of a Lost World East Germany, Up Close and Personal

When a West German photographer set off on a trip to the East German island of Rügen just after the Wall fell in the spring of 1990, he captured a world that would soon disappear forever. Twenty years after the epochal event, he looks back on his journey in a first-person account.
Von Karlheinz Jardner
Adapted from an interview conducted by Solveig Grothe for einestages.de, SPIEGEL ONLINE's history portal. Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan.
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