19 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
A new wall is build, another one is torn down. A visitor would see a lot of building site rubble and stones and to walk around could be dangerous. Nevertheless, I took some pictures for you, to keep you up to date.
9 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The construction work started some days ago. Beginning from today, I will visit the construction site everyday. I will take pictures of everything, the changes, the details, the restaurant, the shop and so forth...
2 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The German History in Documents and Images is a collection of historical materials, which document German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present. On the website, you will find important German pictures and documents, mostly translated into English!
30 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The DDR Museum is asking for you help: Which typical GDR dish should not be forgotten on the restaurants menu? Please send us your ideas, proposals and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org!
10 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Four years after the opening, I can spread happy news! The DDR Museum enlarges its exhibition. The whole team is very excited about that and we are already working on the concept. The construction work starts in the next few days and should be finished in September.
3 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommand you an interesting documentary, directed by Mary Fulbrook. Sometimes I think, it is very hard to find documentaries and literature about the German Democratic Republic in English, isn`t it?
26 May 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
We have a new cow inside the exhibition! Our old cow was teaching our visitors about the agricultural cooperative societies and the forced collectivization in the German Democratic Republic for years. Everyone was allowed, to touch and open the cow...with what kind of cow can you do this?! Our old cow never complained about that! Nevertheless, it was the time to retire it. A new and modern cow replaced it and is now waiting for the curious hands and eyes of our visitors.
18 May 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Sometimes, we take history as a matter of course. It happend this or that way, but could it also happened differently?! History is influenced by important human decisions and there were a lot of decisions in 1989. Mary Elise Sarotte analizes these political decisions and changes during the fall of the wall and the German reunification.
22 Apr 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommand you a book written by Jens Schöne. "The Peaceful Revolution" was published in 2009 by the Berlin Story Verlag. This publishing house published some interesting books about the GDR in english, like the illustrated book "When there was still an east" by Udo Hesse, "The Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989" by the Landesarchiv Berlin or "The Peaceful Revolution" by Jens Schöne.
24 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
where common during the physical education and military education in GDR schools. The general education system wanted to prepare the children to deal with hand grenades, anti-personal mines and weapons during their military service in the NVA. So they let them exercise with dummies!
5 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The Moldova-Institut Leipzig e.V. publishes in cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur an interesting and helpful guide to archives, research institutions, libraries, associations, museums and sites of memory concerning the communistic history in Eastern Europe.
3 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Since some weeks, the DDR Museum has got a fan page on facebook. If you do not know facebook, I recommand you to read the article on Wikipedia to get a first impression.
14 Jan 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
2009 is gone, but it was a very good year for the museum. 398.592 people from all over the world had a hands-on experience of history during their visit of the DDR Museum.
11 Dec 2009 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The Times published an interesting and informative article about a very well known symbol of the GDR: The "Ampelmännchen". This little green man is a traffic light symbol, which was common in the GDR and "survived" the reunification. You do not understand, why the "Ampelmännchen" is so special? You like to know, how he survived?! You will find the answers here!