I was on holiday in the former East Germany last week and found several sad looking traces of what used to be there before reunification and the painful economic adjustment (read: large scale industrial closures) that followed.

In Görlitz, right on the border with Poland (although the border used to be well to the east, but that’s another matter) we find what used to be VEB Kondensatorenwerk Görlitz which made electrical condensers and couldn’t compete with Asian producers after privatisation. It closed in 1992 having been the only large scale employer in the town.

In Zwittau, another border town, I found what used to be the Roburwerke which used to make small trucks.

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It wasn’t just manufacturing. Here’s what used to be a hotel, quite possibly pre war. It became something else later as you can just about make out where name plates had been screwed over the old painted sign:

Finally, what looks like another pre war business whose name had been under that of something that followed it and is no more:

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Note how everything is in the same shades of brown and grey.