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Day in pictures: 19 July 2013

Star of Fritz Lang on the Boulevard of Stars at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. Lang was the director of Metropolis, the first science fiction film (in feature length), that premiered in 1927.

Germany comprises sixteen states which are collectively referred to as Länder. Each state has its own state constitution and is largely autonomous in regard to its internal organisation. Because of differences in size and population the subdivisions of these states vary, especially as between city states and states with larger territories. For regional administrative purposes five states, consist of 22 Government Districts.

Occupation zones in Germany, 1947. The territories east of the Oder-Neisse line, under Polish and Soviet de jure administration and de facto annexation, are shown as white as is the detached Saar protectorate

This section of the Wall's "death strip" featured Czech hedgehogs, a guard tower and a cleared area, 1977.

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Supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold posters with her nickname at an election campaign rally in Winsen near Hamburg.