For freedom one may even fake passports

For freedom one may even fake passports

For freedom, one may even fake passports. For freedom, one may even fake passports – escaping East Germany.  For the German Democratic Republic (GDR), he was the number one public enemy. For many East Germans, this is their last resort….

German History – The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

German History – The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

On this day, 59 years ago the Berlin Wall was built. A significant event for Germany and the Western world. Today, Germany will be already reunified for already 30 years in October 2020. German History Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall…

East German Deprivation of Citizenship 1975

East German Deprivation of Citizenship 1975

East German Deprivation of Citizenship Sometimes, the story behind a document turns out to be most unusual and surprising. This story is such an example. The paper is not a passport but a citizenship document from East Germany (GDR). To…

Stasi and RAF: French Passport of Ulrike Meinhof

Stasi and RAF: French Passport of Ulrike Meinhof

Stasi RAF Ulrike Meinhof The Red Army Faction (RAF) was a left-wing terrorist group in the Federal Republic of Germany. The State Security (Stasi) first collected information about the terrorists, observed their activities and tolerated their travels to the Middle…

STASI ID of Putin found in East German archives

STASI ID of Putin found in East German archives

STASI ID of Putin found in East German archives Researchers in Germany have chanced upon a STASI ID card that was issued to Vladimir Putin during his time as a KGB officer in East Germany at the end of the…

Burma and Congo visa in East German passport 1956

Burma and Congo visa in East German passport 1956

Burma and Congo visa in East German passport from 1956 Very happy to find this early East German (GDR) passport. Issued in Berlin 1956 and with several exciting visas and two exceptional visas. Only in early GDR passports maybe till…

ALLIED MILITARY TRAVEL PERMITS FOR GERMANY 1947-1951

ALLIED MILITARY TRAVEL PERMITS FOR GERMANY 1947-1951

ALLIED MILITARY TRAVEL PERMITS FOR GERMANY 1947-1951 Theo J.F. Schalke – adapted from the text of the award-winning single frame exhibit (16 pages) of Joe Ross, Cal – Revenuers Chapter of the American Revenue Society, with examples from my own…

Is this the last passport issued by East Germany?

Is this the last passport issued by East Germany?

last passport East Germany Almost thirty years after the wall came down on 9 November 1989 and twenty-nine years after the German reunification on 3 October 1990, this passport is now on my desk – and it could be the…

East German couple traveling 1974 from Schoenefeld airport to Cuba

East German couple traveling 1974 from Schoenefeld airport to Cuba

In the planned economy, travel was organized and subsidized by the state. The largest travel providers in the GDR were the Free German Trade Union Federation (FDGB), the youth organizations and above all the companies. At the end of the…