• Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    bus stop neonazism
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529407715 ff08820720 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    on the motorcycle
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529409383 3ce4e992c0 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529410235 4be6a8256d b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529411435 ba26348746 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529413061 fa568f46fd b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    sitting in front of the house
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529415365 7c54e7e395 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529417787 fd6bd88273 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529418957 81650d8a65 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    enjoying a smoke at the table
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    elder couple
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    guy in the door frame
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529424861 7515fccd1e b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    smoker
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529425575 7da68ff360 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529426313 183f97cbf3 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529427831 1956e19d45 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529431873 fd931a44a9 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    old manson
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy with wheelbarrow
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy's fist
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    children from below
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    voodoo house
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy inside holding something
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    front garden
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy in doorframe
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    lamppost in the rain
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529448455 6e675be435 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529449307 3e894a6a3d b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529449853 8491713d32 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529450627 45dafff6c1 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529452331 7a6aeecc68 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    pig
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529456433 fb3fdf1501 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    hands
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    man in arm chair feet up
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529461221 8bfefdc9f0 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529463665 e53b5cfcef b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5529466153 14a9f93ed0 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    Eho over mantelpiece
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530004442 cdddb2e755 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    clouds, wire, man
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530005720 e82505d601 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530006866 e2ec59acea b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    through window into field
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    big, glasses
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530011506 be6e760970 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530012330 f38a539857 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530012982 ecb9a5385f b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530014424 941c70a2c4 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy with pointed cap by trash
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530017600 0cec618f46 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    car
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530018780 4f865daaf5 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    four heads
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530022552 ea584b7169 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530023046 0102ef3311 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530024164 9110ac8e58 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530025268 90a266b347 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530032222 26d939f35e b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530035138 5ab511fded b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530035982 e30802a7ce b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530037306 2a529f7917 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    boy
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530041606 e9b523b102 b
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    slaughter
    add to collection
  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    boots, cups
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
    laughter
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
    5530053000 55001958dc b
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
    5530055834 c08897171b b
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
    © all rights at author
    Mouton, Alexander
    5530057558 96911989aa b
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  • Repnitz 1991-92
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
portrait of a village in North-East Germany

When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed. [...]
I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.
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    Mouton, Alexander
    arm in arm
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The Village of Repnitz is situated in the northeast of Germany in the county  of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 20 miles south of the Baltic Sea and the  larger waterfront city of Rostock.   During East German times, Repnitz existed  as a farming community and made up part of the breadbasket of East Germany.   It had a very low population and one of the highest alcoholism rates.  I was  invited to Repnitz by an artist named Malte Brekenfeld who grew up in the area.   After the Berlin wall fell, Malte bought an old mansion in Repnitz where he  could paint and live as an escape from the city life of Berlin. When I arrived  in 1990, roughly one year after German re-unification, the entire village of  about  forty  people  was  unemployed.    Malte  was  respected  in  the  village  because his father was a well-known veterinarian for the region, and also  because he could drink a lot, he worked hard, and was smarter than everyone  else in the village.  I was the first American anyone in the area had ever seen.   

During the day people usually worked in Repnitz chopping wood, messing  with cars, fixing something, or just driving over the open fields.  By afternoon,  if people weren’t drunk already, we would get together and drink until  evening,  and  then  again  after  dinner.    We  often  met  at  Walter’s  trailer  wagon for the corn alcohol that we drank shots of with our bottles of beer.   Occasionally in those first years in Repnitz a visitor or someone joining or  departing our drinking would salute with a “Sieg Heil” which would echo  through my mind without  comprehension.  I was left to wonder about how  this could have been said to impress me , whether  it surfaced in response to  the dissolution of peoples’ identity as East  Germans  and the extreme state of  unemployment  that  replaced  it,  whether  it  was  a  hangover  from  Eastern times said to buck Soviet occupation and out of ignorance of the  history it summoned up, or if the source came from an embarrassed dismissal of  the East German state that had proclaimed to have been founded by resistance  fighters.  No one ever spoke of it.  I lived in Repnitz on and off between  1990-1992, and for part of 1994 and some of 1996-97.  Most recently I was  in Repnitz this past winter of 2003.  Much is changed, but the images that  follow  are  from  the  small  window  of  time  (1991-92)  when  Repnitz  was  still  engaged  in  its  East  German  customs  while  struggling  with  being  absorbed into a new state.