A Bitter Inheritance: East German Real Property and the Supreme Constitutional Court’s “Land Reform” Decision of April 23, 1991

This article briefly examines the principal expropriatory measures undertaken between 1945 and 1989, the agreements between the two German governments relating thereto, and the divisive constitutional issues raised by this fusion of two antithetical legal systems in the area of property law. The text concludes with an analysis of the German Supreme Court’s “Land Reform” decision and the juridical controversy surrounding it.