328 days after the fall of the Wall, the turnaround was complete. On October 3, 1990, the GDR joined the “Scope of Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany according to Article 23 of the Basic Law”. This had been decided a few weeks earlier by the Volkskammer (East German parliament) in East Berlin. The way was clear for the reunification of Germany; it became effective on October 3, 1990. A memorable Wednesday 30 years ago, which is still a public holiday today. Volkswagen’s employee newspaper “Autogramm” appeared at the time on October 2, 1990, i.e. immediately before the day of German unity, and four weeks later on November 2, 1990. At the time, the editor-in-chief attached importance to “working out the realities of the company’s events in a journalistic manner”. The editorial team therefore took up what “is specific to VW, which is associated with the date October 3, 1990”.
The most important location for the coverage was Mosel. It was there, ten kilometers north of Zwickau, that Volkswagen began its involvement in the Trabant factory of VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke after the fall of the Wall. The Polo was to roll off the production line at the “Trabi” factory. This meant a major transformation for the plant in Saxony and its employees.
In early September 1990, “Autogramm” also reported that Volkswagen had founded a “GDR sales company”. 11,500 models belonging to the Group were ordered in the former GDR in the first half of 1990, and around 20,000 Volkswagen and Audi models were expected for the second half.