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December 6th, 2016, 7pmVisitor Center of the DDR Museum

Climbing in the GDR

The alpinist Bernd Arnold in conversation with Sören Marotz
Climbing in the GDR
The Alps or the Himalaya remained impossible destinations for citizens of the GDR. With the Sächsische Schweiz, however, they had a great rock climbing area and international poster child in the form of Bernd Arnold from Hohenstein. He explored difficult routes on the sandstone towers of the Elbsandstein mountains. During the 1980s, the area increasingly became an Eldorado for weekend-dropouts. Only an hour away from Dresden, the rugged rocks offered a free lifestyle, at least on a small scale. Bernd Arnold will be remembering climbing in the GDR with the help of numerous photographs and exciting stories.
Discussion between:
Bernd Arnold, alpinist, Hohenstein
Sören Marotz, head of collections at the DDR Museum, Berlin
Date: December 6th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Visitor Center of the DDR Museum
Entry fee: Free