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The GDR Transcript Pack

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The “GDR Pack” is a collection of 6 transcripts, each in their own PDF file. The pack is a ZIP file containing the 6 PDFs and is available from the AllThingsGerman Download Store.

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Solidarit├Ątszuschlag

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The Solidarit├Ątszuschlag is an additional form of tax that was originally conceived to assist with the re-building of East Germany after re-unification.

It was introduced in 1991 and although there was a break of 2 years in the 1990s, it is still valid today and anyone who pays tax in Germany also pays this Zuschlag on top.

The Solidarit├Ątszuschlag is often a point of discussion, especially a to how long we will have to continue paying it – 18 years after re-unification.┬á However, at the moment there appear to be no plans to discard it again.

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DDR

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Our topic in October is the DDR – the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

The DDR (GDR in English) existed from 7th October 1949 until 2nd October 1990 and was created out of the Soviet occupation zone as a repsonse to the creation of the German Federal Republic several weeks earlier.

Today we talk about the creation and the economic and political systems that we set in place in the DDR and how the country was structured.  We also talk our own personal experiences when visiting the country.

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