So much for the notion that American children know less of their history  than other children: a study by the Free University of Berlin shows some surprising misunderstandings about the DDR among German school children. Some show a deepening east-west division concerning the memory of the Cold War: pupils in former East Germany were far less likely to consider the DDR a dictatorship/authoritarian regime, as well as less likely to see the DDR as less intolerant than the BRD.

Even better: 13.6% believe the Allies built the Berlin wall, 1.9% specified the USA; 46% said the USSR; and 3.9% said West Germany.