Conflict & Justice

East German Punk

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We're in Germany for the Geo-Quiz and we're going back in time: Back to an age when punk rockers were at the cutting edge of opposition to the communist dictators of old East Germany.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

A new archive of East German punk has opened in Berlin. It documents the music, the art, and the little known persecution of punk rockers. The archive is located in a suitably down-beat area of the former East Berlin.

It's unlikely you've heard of this district. So just to throw you a bone, here's an outrageous clue. It sounds like the name of a delicious Japanese breadcrumb.

… and the answer is Pankow, a borough of Berlin, Germany and now the location of a new punk rock archives. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from Reuters reporter Kalina Oroschakoff.

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