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Topic GDR | February 14th, 2017

For quite a long time, there was no production of youth fashion in the DDR at all. Young people had to wear the same designs as the adults, simply adjusted in size – grey and dull, not trendy at all.


New clothes for the youth: “JuMo 68 – breezy and colorful” - Bild1

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Topic GDR | February 8th, 2017

This delicious, filled farmhouse bread is perfect in case you have invited some guests into your home. You can easily prepare everything in advance and don’t need to be in the kitchen all the time. Instead, you will have plenty of time for your visitors. The savory bread is also great as a dinner meal, or on the couch, in front of the TV….


Filled farmhouse bread to DIY - Bild1

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Topic GDR | January 25th, 2017
“Sibylle” – the Vogue of the DDR - Bild1

For women in the DDR, the “Sibylle” was an inspiration as well as an illusion at the same time. Artistically sophisticated photos made by recognized photographers such as Roger Melis, Günter Rössler or Sibylle Bergmann used to adorn the pages. Models were wearing chic clothes which were not available on the market, provoking seemingly utopian desires in the readers. The “Sibylle” was delivering the fabric of dreams: With the help of patterns for sewing, included in each edition, the fashion-conscious reader was able to tailor the favorite dress herself. Fashion photos were only for inspiration – clothing off the rack was never shown in the magazine. The “Sibylle – Zeitschrift für Mode und Kultur” (German for “Sibylle – Magazine for fashion and culture”) was not only filled with fashion – the publication was also dealing with the topics art, literature, travel and theater. Portraits, essays and interviews with famous personalities were characterized by a high journalistic level. Disenchanting things such as following different diets, however, were missing. Those in charge were demanding a high level of quality and content.


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Exhibition news | January 17th, 2017

As a curator, I would like to give you some insights into the bathroom of our museum’s Plattenbau apartment today. The bathroom used to be installed into the newly built apartment as a complete single unit and consisted of only a few square meters. The bathroom in our exhibition also manages to create this quite cramped atmosphere of the so-called “Nasszelle” (East-German phrase for wet room) – despite the fact that only its width (length of a bathtub) is authentic; the length of the room was adjusted to the high numbers of guests visiting our museum every day.

The bathroom – part 1: The perspective of the curator - Bild1

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Topic GDR | January 11th, 2017
The constitution of the DDR through the ages - Bild1

Throughout its entire existence, the German Democratic Republic had a total of three valid constitutions. The original constitution is from 1949, the founding year of the DDR, and consists of 144 articles. Due to the political developments in the 1950s and 1960s (for example dissolution of states, construction of the Wall, Cold War) a revision of the old constitution was inevitable.


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Topic GDR | January 4th, 2017
What remains from the DDR? Part XIV: Nature in the border area - Bild1

The German Green Belt

 


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Exhibition news | December 14th, 2016

When we decided to portray the private life in the DDR in the form of a newly built flat of the WBS 70 type it was soon obvious that we wanted to add some sort of haven outside of the 4 Plattenbau walls.


The Garage in our exhibition – part 1: The idea - Bild 1

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Museum news | December 7th, 2016

The collection department of the DDR Museum has recently acquired professional equipment for the documentation of textiles. The seven figurines are essential for an authentic representation of clothes and are therefore contributing to the quality of our object photographs.


Apron dresses made from Dederon and NVA uniforms in front of the lens: Presenting DDR-clothes from the collection - Bild 1

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Topic GDR | November 30th, 2016

In order to satisfy their daily consumer needs, the citizens of the DDR / Soviet occupation zone had a number of possibilities to do their shopping. Already in December of 1945, a consumer cooperative with the simple name of “Konsum” was established. Only three years later, almost 300 independent consumer cooperatives existed in different cities. The German Consumer Cooperative Union (German: Verband Deutscher Konsumgenossenschaften / VDK) had the task to satisfy the needs of the population, covering as large an area as possible and establishing as low prices as possible. The selling organizations were substantially different. There were larger stores and supermarkets called “Kaufhalle”, whereas village consumer cooperatives dominated more rural areas. There were also Konsum shops adjacent to larger factories which were gladly used by the shift-working employees. For the villages which did not have a Konsum at their disposal there were selling busses which delivered groceries to the inhabitants of the village. In the 1950s, there was even a Konsum-ship called “Kambala” for the inland sailors in the DDR. Since 1954, Konsum stamps were given out as trading stamps. Like that, members of the consumer cooperatives were able to receive an annual refund for a part of their turnovers at the selling organizations.

Shopping diversity in the DDR – HO, Konsum, Centrum Warenhaus and co. - Bild1

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Topic GDR | November 23rd, 2016

You probably all know the term „goulash“. But have you ever heard about the Hungarian phrase “pörkölt”? To be honest, I have never heard of it before, either. Pörkölt is the equivalent to the dish goulash, as it is referred to outside of the Hungarian area. The texture, however, is slightly thicker since it is being cooked for a longer period of time.


Deer Pörkölt with red wine - Bild1

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