In our category “Guests from all over the world” we want to share with you how international the audience of the DDR Museum is. From all four cardinal directions the visitors come to Berlin and to the DDR Museum. Many of them leave a greeting in our guestbook. Some of them we want to present you here and above all on our Visitor’s Book pin board at Pinterest. Maybe your greeting is soon present there?
Today we want to show you a greeting from Albania, which you can find now on our pin board. And we chose Albania for a reason: A few days ago, last week, the Albanian culture minister Mrs. Mirela Kumbaro visited us! And she insisted to drop a note in our Visitor’s Book.
During the time of the socialist People's Republic Albania, which accepted the GDR on the 2nd of December 1949 according to international law and associated with it since 1952, close ties were fostered to the German Democratic Republic. The GDR supported Albania with infrastructural projects and building of factories. After the breaking of Albania with the Soviet Union in 1961 the diplomatic relations to the GDR were near-complete broken off and were virtually frozen for 20 years.
Not until 1986 Albania recommenced its relations to the GDR. The economical poverty let rest the ideological turf battle of the past on both sides. First extensive treaties were concluded in June 1989 by the GDR foreign minister Oskar Fischer. Fischer determined among others touristic possibilities for GDR citizens in Albania. The SED thinks to understand the signals: The East Germans demand freedom to travel – The GDR leadership planned Albania as an offer.
The Mediterranean country was a totalitarian police state. Still today argue the 600.000 bunkers all over the country the paranoid fear of the Albanian comrades of the supposed inner and outer enemies. The Stasi saw, as documents prove, the GDR citizens optimally preserved. The risk of flight, for example to Greece, evaluated the GDR leadership as slight, too. Records of the SED and of the Stasi prove how busy they worked at the plan to extend Albania to a “Mallorca for East Germans”. Still on the 25th of October 1989 – just 15 days before the Fall of the Berlin Wall – the SED determined to implement their Albania project. The history overtook this plan.
Thanks a lot and lovely greetings back from Berlin to Albania!
Do you one day want to see your Visitors' Book entry published in our blog and various other social media channels? It’s easily! Write in our Visitors' Book! We‘re looking forward to your funny, inventive, individual greetings from all over the world!
You find our Visitors' Book in the museum shop: As soon as you leave the exhibition through the turnstiles, climb the few steps to the shop and turn in front of the pillar to the left.
Enjoy your visit in the DDR Museum!