Monday, May 13, 2019

Comparative Living Costs: GDR vs. FRG

I tend to translate whatever is interesting to me at the moment, but a while back I asked for suggestions on things to add to the site.  I got a number of requests for more material from East Germany. It is true that I’ve rather neglected the GDR over recent years.  I’ll see what I can do over time.

Today I’m adding a piece from WAS und WIE, the GDR monthly for agitators.  In this 1978 article, agitators how told how to deal with the disparity in living standards between East and West Germany.  Agitators are told that although things like cars and televisions are less expensive in West Germany, costs for food, child care, and transit fares are much higher.