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A Young Family on the Balcony of their New Apartment in Greifswald (1979)
At the 10th Meeting of the Central Committee of the SED on October 2, 1973, an ambitious housing construction program was decided upon: a total of 2.8 to 3 million apartments were to be built or renovated between 1976 and 1990. Since the “solution of the housing problem” was declared the “crux of the socio-political program,” the housing construction initiative assumed a central role within the framework of the “Unity of Economic and Social Policy.” By 1989, almost 1.7 million new apartments had been built from prefabricated components and over 1 million had been modernized. In the allocation of residences, workers, pensioners, families with many children, and young married couples were given preference. Photo by Edelgard Rehboldt.