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Topic GDR | October 19th, 2016

In order to keep motor vehicles sustained with fuel, an area-covering net of gas stations is required. As a result of the Second World War, the existing net of gas stations was divided along the different occupation zones after the West German brand „Gasoline“ was running all gas stations in all of the occupation zones in the beginning.

Fuel for the DDR – the brand Minol and the Minol Pirol - Bild1

Topic GDR | September 16th, 2016

Who can seriously say no to scrumptious desserts? Even more so if they look as yummy and sound as tasty as the two recipes from the collection of the DDR Museum... definitely worth a "sweet sin"!

Junket Lorraine and icecream pears - Bild 1

Topic GDR | July 6th, 2016

Today we would like to introduce to you one of our tours, which of course is also suitable for school groups. The Karl-Marx-Allee Tour is a combined tour, meaning that it will start with a one-hour visit of the DDR Museum, followed by a two-hour walk along the Alexanderplatz as well as the socialist boulevard.

Educational Programs: Our Karl-Marx-Allee Tour - Bild1

Topic GDR | June 29th, 2016

When World War II ended with the unconditional surrender of the German Reich, the Allied Forces occupied the different occupation zones. From the very beginning, the official instrument of payment was the Reichsmark, which had been introduced already in 1924 and which had survived the turbulent times of the Weimar Republic as well as the Third Reich. The old bills and coins continued to be in use during the transition period until June, 1948. On occasion of the currency reform which took place on June 20th in 1948, the Deutsche Mark was introduced in the occupation zones. In order to prevent a massive inflation as well as to limit the entire amount of money within the Soviet occupation zone, bills of the Reichsmark with glued on coupons were distributed to the population since June 24th in 1948. This was necessary because the now worthless bills of the Reichsmark were still a valid currency in the Western occupational zones as well as in the Soviet occupation zone and many Germans took advantage of this confusing situation. The bills with their makeshift coupons were soon called "Sticky Mark".

From the "Sticky Mark" to the Mark of the GDR – money through the ages - Bild1

Topic GDR | June 8th, 2016

The Soviet magazine "Sputnik" (Russian for companion) has been published by the state-owned news agency "Nowosti" since January 1967. It was designed as a digest of the Soviet press and was not only adressed to Russians but also to readers from other socialist and western foreign countries. Therefore the magazine was translated into different languages such as Danish, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Portuguese, and of course German. It was available both in the Federal Republic of Germany as well as in the GDR.

The magazine "Sputnik" as a paper-based ambassador of the USSR - Bild1

Topic GDR | May 18th, 2016

Every technology enthusiast in the GDR was well accustomed with the products of the company ORWO. No wonder: The company used to have the monopoly on the production of chemical data mediums in the GDR. The history of the production site, Wolfen, however, is only familiar to few.

"Original Wolfen" magnetic tape and film production in the GDR - Bild1

Topic GDR | April 27th, 2016

Topic GDR | April 20th, 2016

The collection of the DDR Museum is documenting everyday life in the GDR and therefore consists of different objects belonging to all sorts of topics. Every day, our colleagues at the collection department are dealing with objects and their interesting stories and sometimes unusual original purposes. One of them is the sealed glass bottle “Contratherm - Heat Drink”, containing a bright pink liquid. Get to know the interesting background story in the following text!

The Thirst Quencher for work at high temperatures: Contratherm – Heat Drink - Bild1

Topic GDR | April 13th, 2016

On April 12 in 1961 at 7:07am CET, Juri Gagarin was the first human being to fly into space with the “Vostok-1”, where he orbited the earth within 108 minutes. This event represented a high success for all Eastern bloc countries which were in constant competition with the United States of America. Gagarin started in the Soviet place of Kosmodrom Baikonur, the biggest Soviet space mission launch center in southern Kasachstan.

Reaching to the stars with the model kit “Vostok-1” - Bild1

Topic GDR | April 6th, 2016

Part 1: The Ampelmännchen

What remains from the GDR? Part V: Traffic Signs – The Ampelmännchen - Bild 1

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