TIMELINE: East Germany-From wartime ashes to unity
(Reuters) - Following is timeline of East Germany which united with the West just months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.
May 8, 1945 - Nazi Germany capitulates, country divided into
October 7, 1949 - German Democratic Republic founded.
June 17, 1953 - Soviet troops quell workers' uprising.
January 18, 1956 - East German army established, country joins Warsaw Pact soon after.
August 13, 1961 - Berlin Wall goes up.
March 19, 1970 - East and West German leaders meet for first
time in Erfurt, East Germany. Continued...