To know me is to understand my enduring fascination with the German Democratic Republic, which I glimpsed during a month's visit in 1989, just prior to the country's demise. I stumbled upon this link, and the story and photos are simply incredible.
Photographic Treasure Trove: What East Germany Was Really Like, by Solveig Grothe (Spiegel Online)
They wanted to clean up the basement but found a treasure trove of photos instead. After Berlin teacher Manfred Beier died, his sons stumbled across 60,000 pictures. Their father, it turns out, created one of the best documentations of life in East Germany, and the first days of the West.