Autumn in the DDR Museum
Newsletter 2013  A lot has happened
New Employees  We introduce
Spread the word  Did you enjoy your visit?
GDR-Restaurant Domklause  Stewed cucumber
Social media  Connect with us!

October 10th, 2013  Spook under the Ferris Wheel
October 22nd, 2013  The GDR – a German Alternative?
November 5th, 2013  Secret Places Around Berlin
December 12th, 2013  The Cold War and Hot Music

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General Information  Location & Contact   Exhibition & Visitor Centre

  Newsletter 2013
A lot has happened

Dear friends,

you haven't heard about us for a long time! Because of technical problems it was nearly impossible to send our newsletter. We apologize to you and promise, that in the future we will inform you about our activities more frequently.
This year, we rebuilt the entrance and shop area, installed a new POS system as well as a new access system. We redesigned the exhibition area "Youth", published the book "Nachgemacht", expanded our social media activities and significantly increased, by the way, our visitor number.
In the coming month, we plan to improve our website, to integrate an online ticket shop, we are working on a special exhibition, we develop new educational services, organize interesting events and our heads are full of new ideas.
We would be pleased to welcome you this autumn at the exhibition, at the DDR Restaurant Domklause or at one of our coming events!
Best wishes

Robert Rückel

Director of the DDR Museum

  New Employees
We introduce

1. Head of collection: Sören Marotz
For many years, Katrin Strohl worked successfully as the Head of collection and curatorial assistance for the DDR Museum. After her descision to devote herself to her young family, we could engage Sören Marotz as her high qualified successor. He will continue Katrins work in a proven manner and will give new impulses. More about Sören

2. Social Media Manager: Michael Geithner

Through the successful cooperation with Michael during the project "Nachgemacht" we have come to appreciate his high level of commitment and his fresh ideas. As a director he will support our plans concerning Youtube as well as our activities on different social media channels. More about Michael

3. The new apprentice Valerie Holbein
For the fourth time, the DDR Museum offers an apprenticeship as a Tourism and leisure agent. Before her apprenticeship, Valerie made her Bachelor of Arts at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in European Studies and Cultural Studies. The last year she has been working as a volunteer in the Hans-Fallada-Museum in Carwitz in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. More about Valerie

  Spread the word
Did you enjoy your visit?

Review sites on the Internet are becoming increasingly important. Constantly, new portals go online and hundreds of thousand user help each other through evaluations or recommendations of restaurants, doctors or museums.

As a museum of contemporary history, we are one of the most rated institutions, for example on Qype or Tripadvisor. But we are not surprised, because a lot of people experienced the GDR themselves and everybody has his opinion about his own history. This interest in history is the purpose of our exhibition.

This is the reason why we are pleased about the lively discussions, we appreciate constructive criticism as well as commendations!

How did you like our exhibition?

  GDR-Restaurant Domklause
Stewed cucumber

Many of our guests don`t come from Berlin and therefore they can't enjoy the GDR cuisine in our DDR-Restaurant Domklause. Every month, we present a recipe to cook it yourself at home. In August, we recommended stewed cucumber:


  • 500g cucumber
  • 75g streaky bacon
  • 2 onions
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • salt, pepper, tarragon, dill, 1-2 T. starch

Peel the cucumber, and cut it into halves, afterwards scrape out seeds with a spoon. Then cut the cucumber in pieces as thick as a finger. Cube the onions and the bacon. Melt butter in a stewpot and roast the bacon and the onions gently. Add the cucumber and the sugar and let stew for more than 20 minutes. Add the salt, the pepper, the vinegar and the herbage to taste. Afterwards you thicken the cucumber boiling with starch and add some seasoning. The dish will be prepared in 24 minutes, we recommend as side dish potatoes. For all vegetarians: Just do it without the bacon.

Enjoy your meal!

  Social media
Connect with us!

As a museum offering "a hands-on experience of history", we are very interested in communicating with our visitors and with everyone, who is interested in GDR history. We inform the public about us on our website, but we talk to you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr or Youtube! Each channel shows a different aspect of the DDR Museum: We let you see behind the scenes and talk about different topics on Facebook and Google+, we show a lot of pictures on Pinterest, Instagram or Flickr and plan to answer your questions about the German Democratic Republic together with Dr.Stefan Wolle on Youtube.

  October 10th, 2013, 7pm
Spook under the Ferris Wheel
Lecture with pictures about the former cultural park Plänterwald
Like a colossal fossil the Ferris wheel still towers the trees of the Treptower Park. The place was once a popular destination for the Berliner. Since 1969 there were diverse attractions and pleasures. After the Wende the decline on the never-never began. It ended up in the closure. Today the site comes up for sale. What stays are only the bizarre relicts of the biggest fairground of the GDR. Christopher Flade and Sascha Szabo explore for years the history of the Spreepark. They carry out guided tours each Sunday and wrote a book about this strange place.

Lecture by:
Christopher Flade, Spreepark-Expert, Berlin
Dr. Sascha Szabo, sociologist, Freiburg i. Br.

Date: October 10th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Entry fee: free
  October 22nd, 2013, 7pm
The GDR – a German Alternative?
Round of talks with the historians Tilman Fichter and Stefan Wolle about his GDR-Trilogy
“Der große Plan”, Stefan Wolles’ work about the years 1949 till 1961, completes now his GDR-Trilogy. Gone ahead were “Die Heile Welt der Diktatur” (1998), which now came out in the fourth edition, and “Aufbruch nach Utopia” (2011), the cultural history and the history of mentalities of the GDR. Tilman Fichter, socialized and politicized in West Germany, discusses with the author the question whether the GDR was predestinated to fail from the beginning or whether the GDR ever represented a real alternative to the development in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Discussion between:
Dr. Stefan Wolle, academic head of the DDR Museum, Berlin
Dr. Tilman Fichter, historian, Berlin
Christian Booß, journalist, Berlin

Date: October 22nd, 2013
Time: 7pm
Entry fee: free
  November 5th, 2013, 7pm
Secret Places Around Berlin
With the journalist Claus-Dieter Steyer on tracking
In the forests around Berlin there are a lot of secrets: underground bunkers of the Ministry of State Security and of the other “armed organs”, the forester’s house, in which the RAF terrorists were changed into well-behaved GDR citizens or the transmitters of the “Freiheitssender 904”, which spread the fiction of broadcasting from the territory of the FRG. The journalist Claus-Dieter Steyer follows for years these weather traces and publishes his reports in newspapers and books.In an exciting presentation he takes the audience with him to his tracking on the secret places in Brandenburg.

Reading with:
Claus-Dieter Steyer, journalist, Berlin
Sören Marotz, head of the collection of the DDR Museum, Berlin

Date: November 5th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Entry fee: free
  November 26th, 2013, 7pm
The drama group Coram-Publico with original texts and songs from the GDR
The political joke thrived in the GDR. Already in the morning, in the staff canteen, the people made jokes about the news and the events of the last day. Very funny were the original texts of the state propaganda, too. Even decades later, they are still strange! The drama group Coram-Publico gets inspired by the agitation and propaganda of the SED. For them, it`s a tightrope walk…

Play by:
Coram Publico, drama group, Berlin
Date: November 26th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Entry fee: free
  December 12th, 2013, 7pm
The Cold War and Hot Music
Remembering the Roaring Sixties
“In 1963 I could hear through the thin walls of our flat in Gelsenkirchen the song >I want to hold your hand< from a unknown band.” tells Pit Mischke, who was born in West Germany. But the band caused a furore in the GDR, too! The “Berliner Zeitung” wrote about the “young Britons with haircuts like Neanderthalers". One year later, the first Beatles album was published at Amiga. In 1965, Walter Ulbricht criticised the “monotonous Yeah, yeah, yeah”. From that moment on, beat fans were called antisocialistic. Pit Mischke will discuss with Dr. Stefan Wolle about these days and is going to sing the songs, which most of you will remember.

Discussion between:

Pit Mischke, musician, Berlin
Dr. Stefan Wolle, academic head of the DDR Museum, Berlin

Date: December 12th, 2013
Time: 7pm
Entry fee: free
  Shop - GDR-Guide

Shielded from the Western world by the iron cutain and subject to surveiilance from the Ministry for State Security, 17 million East Germans lived under the control of the Socialist Unity Party. But what was life like under Real Existing Socialism? Was it just a story of pickles from the Spree Forest, Free Body Culture and life in high-rise tower blocks? Or is the reality of Socialism better captured by concentrating on full employment and endless queuing? The 160 pages of this GDR guide introduce its readers to all the elements of life in a world which has long since dissappeared. 42 exciting chapters written by experts from the DDR Museum and including over 200 photographs and countless illustrations provide both a succinct introduction to the history of the GDR an the ideal companion to the permanent exhibition at the DDR Museum. Written by Dr. Stefan Wolle, Dr. Jochen Voit and others. "An important contribution to our inner reunification. More than just a good read, the GDR Guide should be required reading for all Germans" [literaturtipps.de].  
  General Information
Location and contact:

DDR Museum
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1
10178 Berlin
right on the river Spree,
directly opposite the Berlin Cathedral

Tel: +49 (0)30 - 847 123 73 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 - 847 123 73 - 9

The DDR Museum

The DDR Museum is Berlin's interactive museum and shows the life in the GDR in his permanent exhibition. The museum was established in 2006 and has been one of Berlin's most visited museums since 2007. The concept "A hands-on experience of history" is considered to be unique in the world.

Most of the above events are projects of the DDR Museum Berlin e.V., the society supporting the museum. Become member of the society here and visit the society's events for free
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