20 Years of Reunification at Carl Zeiss

Trace the events that occurred between the first contacts between Oberkochen (West Germany) and Jena (East Germany) from 1989 to the 20th anniversary of the founding of Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH on 1 October 2011. Read Background stories, see further details using the glossary or follow the narrations of three employees of three generations working at Carl Zeiss.

Historical Background

The development of Carl Zeiss between 1945 and 1989 in East and West Germany.


The road to success

Initial steps towards reconciliation between East and West - The history of the Declaration of Biebelried


The Book About Reunification

...what belongs together will come together

A publication telling the story of Carl Zeiss in the 20 years since reunification.


Voices and Stories of the Zeissians

Carl Zeiss employees think back and tell their story.


From Concrete to Glass

The former production building 6/70 on today’s Carl-Zeiss-Promenade was to become the new headquarters of Carl Zeiss Jena.



This glossary defines key terms in the reunification process of Carl Zeiss East and West.