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For the opposition in the GDR, connections to the Federal Republic of Germany and to West Berlin were of the utmost importance. In particular civil rights activists who had moved to the West or been expelled as well as correspondents accredited in the GDR and working for the West German media helped the groups to gain publicity in the West.
They found means of getting information in and out of the GDR. They also arranged for further supplies of materials urgently needed to produce underground newspapers. Banned books were smuggled into the GDR, dissident manuscripts and letters taken across the border into the West. Journalists informed the international public about outrages in the GDR, about violations of human rights and arrests.
Die Teilung Deutschlands und Berlins in der zweiten Hälfte der 1980er-Jahre wird insbesondere durch die oppositionelle "Initiative Absage an Praxis und Prinzip der Abgrenzung" thematisiert. Diese Initiative warnt wiederholt vor den negativen Folgen, welche die Isolation für die Ostdeutschen hat, und fordert die Überwindung dieses Zustandes.