a former country in central Europe: created in 1949 from the Soviet zone of occupied Germany established in 1945: reunited with West Germany in 1990. 16,340,000; 41,827 sq. mi. (108,333 sq. km.). Cap.: East Berlin. Official name, German Democratic Republic. Cf. Germany.
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