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1986

An accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine sends shock waves through Germany. The explosion of one of the reactors leads to the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. Initially, the accident is downplayed by Soviet authorities. Similarly, the West German government emphasises that the disaster would have no impact on areas west of the Oder River. However, a few days after the explosion, a plume of radioactive fallout is detected drifting across Europe, contaminating the soil, the people and the produce. In East Berlin, the disaster is a non-issue.

25 years after the erection of the Berlin Wall, the first inner German town twinning project is set up connecting the cities of Eisenhüttenstadt and Saarlouis. The chief negotiator of the Eisenhüttenstadt delegation goes as far as to promise the inhabitants of his city travel opportunities to Saarlouis. But this turns out to be a paper promise.

What else happened?

The popular radio programme DT 64 is expanded into the official GDR’s youth radio station DT 64.

Following a fire in a chemical plant on the Rhine River, contaminated fire water spills into the river causing a major fish die-off.

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