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1964

The economy booms in both East and West Germany. Two “classics“ are invented in the GDR: the “Trabant 601“ and the pre-fabricated concrete building called “Plattenbau“. Their production leads to a “small economic miracle“. A breeze of change blows through the East, noticeable also at the annual meeting of the Free National Youth where, for the first time, the playing of open-air rock music is permitted.

Three years after the erection of the Berlin Wall, a first attempt at a rapprochement of the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany is made. After tedious negotiations, a new agreement regarding the issuing of entry permits is signed. As of September, West German citizens are permitted to visit their families in the East while as of November, retired GDR citizens are allowed to visit their West German relatives.

What else happened?

West Germany welcomes the one-millionth guest worker, a man from Portugal.

Willy Brandt becomes the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

The radio programme DT 64 goes on air in the GDR and becomes highly popular with the youth.

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