The charm of the photographs by Thomas Hoepker lies in their documentary quality, their authenticity, and their testimonial character, for they were produced by an impartial eye.
Hoepker was a photojournalist for magazines such as Stern and Geo for many years. In the early seventies he and his wife, journalist Eva Windmöller, were accredited in the German Democratic Republic, and they spent several years reporting on politics and everyday life in East Berlin.
In this book, Hoepker documents life in East Germany from 1959 to the political turn of events in the late eighties. Included are photos of children playing on the Berlin Wall, rallies, propaganda posters, old façades from the Imperial Era, new apartment blocks, as well as portraits of artists such as Wolf Biermann, which together tell of a vanished nation.