Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, photographer Stefan Koppelkamm traveled in East Germany, photographing buildings that had survived both the Second World War and the Communist craze for bulldozing historic structures. Ten years later, he photographed them again. Now Der Speigel has published a sampling of Koppelkamm's work online.
As I've mentioned on Ricochet before, I keep searching for ways of enabling the rising generation to understand--to see--what Communism was like. As the example I reproduce here makes clear, Koppelkamm's work helps. It helps a lot.
Here on Ricochet, are there any Germans--or, for that matter, Hungarians, Poles, Czechs, Romanians, Bulgarians or citizens of the Baltic states--who have before and after stories they would be willing to share?