National Geographic : 1970 Jan
Fantasies of youth find form in the shimmering Fairy-tale Fountain in Volkspark Fried richshai., H.nsel and Gretel and other characters from Ger man lore decorate the water basin. Nearby, above-ground air-raid shelters have been cov ered with rubble to create two hills. East Berlin residents en joy some twenty city parks as well as free access to their entire Ohio-size land. Wedding-day smiles spread over the faces of Barbara and Frank Weber after a city-hall ceremony. Like most East Ger man women, she will probably be a working wife. Wartime losses, a low birth rate, and defections before 1961 severely cut into the labor supply. Some 70 percent of the population is still too young or too old for jobs. Women, who outnumber men four to three, fill in as trol ley drivers, traffic police, fac tory workers, and farm laborers. KODACHROMES BY HOWARDSOCHUREK© N.G.S. Even a dog show promotes the state. This one at the Ernst Thiilmann Pioneer Park advertises that it "is organized for the forming and perfecting of socialism." But one pet and its napping owner appear unconcerned.