National Geographic : 1990 Apr
Gone forgood It tears the heart to leave home, as East Berliners Hans and Andrea Zacher and their four children discover, even if home has been dispiriting and drab. Hans (left, at right) says good-bye to his best friend and packs the car for the journey, joining an emigration of nearly 350,000 East Germans in 1989. At their new home near Bremen, West Germany, Andrea strolls with baby Paula and their sponsor, Claudia Mollenkamp. Immigrants from the GDR receive automatic citizenship. From overloaded Berlin, arrivals are now sent to other parts of West Germany, where they will challenge the nation's econ omy and test the resilience ofits people.