To my 18 y old naive self DDR of 1987 felt _less_ grey and commie-ish than, say, USSR.
So, after the collapse it was extra shocking to read that East-Germany was in fact one of the most effective and totalist surveillance states of the socialist bloc.
Goes to say what level of information you _really_ get as a tourist... :-P
Ofc in addition to being young & stupid, I was also in DDR to attend to a month-long course of marxism, so I was not the most critical observer in the first place.
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