6. Former Boeckwitz resident Friedrich Wilhelm Lenz passing landmark in Zicherie from 1958 reading (German) "Germany can't be divided"
7. Lenz showing the area where his former home was UPSOUND (German) "This was our land, where our farm and farmhouse was. I was born here."
8. Various of model of Lenz's farm
9. SOUNDBITE (German) Friedrich Wilhelm Lenz, former Boeckwitz resident who was forced to flee:
"My father kept on dreaming of his farm. And he always told me that there is nothing which is more enduring than property. My father never said 'One day we get our property back '- nobody would have believed it anyway.'"
10. Street signs reading (German) "Bockwitzer Strasse and Zicherier Strasse"
11. Street in Zicherie
12. SOUNDBITE (German) Friedrich Wilhelm Lenz, former Boeckwitz resident who was forced to flee:
"It became more complicated when the wall was built in 1961. We were here and my sister was in the East because she wanted to finish school and planned to join us afterwards. But all over sudden it wasn't possible anymore. It was brutal and hard for us."
13. Various STILLS showing wide of wall dividing Zicherie and Boeckwitz
14. Former Boeckwitz resident Willi Schuette pointing at photograph
15. STILL of wall dividing Zicherie and Boeckwitz
16. SOUNDBITE (German) Willi Schuette, former Boeckwitz resident:
"I was standing in Zicherie at a barrier and wanted to take a picture of him (East German soldier at window). But he took his rifle and pointed it at me like he wanted to kill me. I was full of fear because at my side in the West there were no border guards. I left and wanted to go but when I turned around I saw him leaving. That was the moment I took this picture here."
17. Tilt down entrance of museum
18. East German Trabant at museum entrance
19. SOUNDBITE (German) Willi Schuette, former Boeckwitz resident:
"If we didn't preserve something like this then nobody would know about it today."
20. Fence and sign where wall used to be
21. Signpost of former inner German border
22. SOUNDBITE (German) Gerhard Borchert, mayor of Brome:
"I think that people are getting closer together again. People meet in sport communities and hunting clubs or sing together. A lot of things went back to normal."
23. Various of fence and barbed wire where wall used to be
Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare farm in two - dividing the cow stall and even a restaurant on the land.
It was 1952, and East German authorities were erecting the wooden barrier that broke up the twin towns of Zicherie in the capitalist West and Boeckwitz in the communist East.
The two had operated as one for centuries - sharing markets, schools and social clubs - and had long been the site of the Lenz family farm.
Years before the collapse of the Berlin Wall - whose 25th anniversary falls Sunday - East Germany had already started sealing off its main frontier with West Germany, spanning nearly 1,400 kilometres (870 miles), dividing communities, friends and even families.
The Lenz family keenly felt the trauma of division.
"My father kept on dreaming of his farm. And he always told me that there is nothing is more enduring then property," recalled Lenz, now 64.
"My father never said 'One day we get our property back' - nobody would have believed it anyway."
The East German authorities seized their property and forced them to relocate to another town on the communist side of the border.
They didn't like it and were able to move to the part of their property that remained in Zicherie in 1960.
But they left Friedrich-Wilhelm's older sister, Anneliese, with an aunt so she could finish high school before rejoining them.
It was a tragic error.
In 1961, East Germany built the Berlin Wall to stem an exodus of its citizens and left the family fractured.
That also turned a still relatively porous divide between East and West into a full-fledged Iron Curtain.
"We were here and my sister was in the East," said Lenz.
"It was brutal and hard for us."
It was only in 1986 - a quarter century after separation - that Anneliese was allowed to rejoin her family in the West.
Meanwhile the residents of Boeckwitz lived as if in a prison.
They needed permission from the Communist authorities to receive visitors, even from other East Germans, or to go out late at night.
They lived in an exclusion zone and were forced to document almost every step they made.
Many people left.
By 1989, only 78 of the previous 120 residents were still living in the town.
Boeckwitz native Willi Schuette was 13 when the town was first divided after World War II.
Schuette and his family also lost their farm in 1952.
The family relocated to a village 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) away from Zicherie in the Western part of Germany.
From here Schuette came to Zicherie as often as he could to observe the situation in his hometown Boeckwitz from behind the wall.
But just looking across the border was life-threatening, he said.
"I was standing in Zicherie at a barrier and wanted to take a picture of him (East German soldiers at window). But he took his rifle and pointed it to me like he wanted to kill me. I was full of fear because at my side in the West were no border guards. I left and wanted to go but when I turned around I saw him leaving. That was the moment I took this picture here," Schuette said.
Following reunification, both the Schuette and the Lenz families got their confiscated property back.
Schuette renovated one of the buildings still standing to create a museum to remind succeeding generations of the difficult years under Communism.
"If we don't preserve something like this then nobody would know about it today," Schuette said.
The photos that Schuette shot - including that of the soldier who pointed his gun at him - are now part of the museum.
The shadow of Germany's divided past lives on in the lives of such communities that straddled the Cold War divide.
Gerhard Borchert, Mayor of the borough of Brome, which contains Zicherie, thinks that though it may take time to overcome the divide, the first steps have already been taken.
"I think that people are getting closer together again. People meet in sport communities and hunting clubs or sing together. A lot of things went back to normal," he said.
Boeckwitz and Zicherie, once a symbol of Germany's division, are now a hopeful sign of its reunification.