Former Foreign Affairs talks about the taboo in the GDR the newsmagazine news.de an interview was conducted on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall with Almuth Berger, the first and only DDR foreigners representative. In 1990, this item in the GDR was created because the new citizen movements and parties at the end of the 1980s had campaigned for new guidelines in foreign policy. Prior to this time, xenophobia and xenophobia was not a public issue. As a former pastor in Magdeburg and Berlin, Almuth Berger looked back on an extensive experience with migrant workers from countries such as Mozambique. Commitment also led to the founding of the Berlin meeting centre Cabana.
Although the GDR was people friendly and tolerant, the contact to other Nations made more difficult the people of the country. The limited freedom of movement also meant that establishing and maintaining close relations with foreigners have been hampered. Almuth Berger reported to the policy editor, that Mozambicans, Vietnamese, Cubans and Angolans, housed in dormitories away from the locals. Berger regrets that National Socialist experiences and settings in the GDR were never worked. It describes xenophobia in the GDR as a page of criticism of the system.
These inhuman settings have been ignored largely by the tip of the GDR. As example, skinheads raided Berlin Zion Church during a concert in 1987, this was dismissed as hooliganism. Only from sides of the Church and the civil rights movement, there have been attempts to address the incidents. This had been completely blocked however by the GDR government and taboo.