East German Passport Of A Dancer Traveling To Iraq

East German Passport Of A Dancer Traveling To Iraq

This is an early East German (GDR) passport issued in Berlin for a female dancer which traveled frequently, even to Iraq (besides Poland and Austria) and that was surely unusual for East Germans at this time in 1959. At first her passport was valid for CSSR and Austria only but later it was added “Geltungsbereich für das gesamte Ausland” (valid for all states). The passport was issued free of charge which is also unusual. I have seen passport fees between 10 Mark and 30 Mark at that time. Couldn’t verify yet their rules when issuing such documents.

DDR 1959 passport

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a communist state in Central Europe, during the Cold War period. It described itself as a socialist “workers’ and peasants’ state.” From 1949 to 1990, it administered the portion of Germany that had been occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II—the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin, but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

East German Passport Of A Dancer Traveling To Iraq

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