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GDR border in the Harz

GDR border in the Harz

GDR border in the Harz

Until 1989, the five-hundred-meter-wide GDR border split the German Harz Mountains in half.

The GDR began to systematically close off the border with West Germany from the 1950s onwards by building the Iron Curtain. Everything had to make way for this. Villages, mountains or forests did not stop the regime. In the Harz Mountains, the Iron Curtain appeared between the spruce forests.

In the Harz, the Brocken, the highest mountain in Northern Germany, which was on GDR territory, was also strictly prohibited.


The borders collapsed after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. A few months later, on July 1, 1990, border controls were abolished and the border infrastructure disappeared like snow in the sun.

Traces of the kilometer-long Iron Curtain can only be found in the hamlet of Sorge.

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