East German passengers crowd the windows of a Mitropa car. Mitropa was a catering company that managed sleeping and dining car services on German railroads during much of the 20th century. Deeply routed in German politics, Mitropa was formed during World War I after Germany stopped using the services of the French-owned International Sleeping Car Company. After the division of Germany following World War II, Mitropa continued serving East German trains, but in 1994 again took over nationwide operations. It was one of a very few East German companies to take over a West German firm. Due to rising expenses, Mitropa exited the railroad business in 2002. Sleeping and dining car services on German trains now come from the Swiss-owned CityNightLine.