Don’t baulk at the Baltic

East German party apparatchiks loved their Baltic holiday island so much that they deleted it from the maps. Here’s why north-east Germany deserves to be on yours, writes Ros Drinkwater

15th January, 2015

Several weeks before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, I witnessed the very first chink of light through the Iron Curtain when Hungary allowed a train packed with thousands of East German refugees to leave Budapest, bound for the West. It arrived to a carnival atmosphere, with street vendors handing out something a generation of East Germans had never seen, let alone tasted: bananas.

In the tent city erected to house the arrivals, I found the...

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