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Jubilee

The DDR Museum celebrats its birthday and opens its new online ticketshop

17 Jul 2014 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Last Monday 8 years ago the DDR Museum was opened ceremoniously. Invited guests, a huge number of journalists, the team itself and all of the other participants celebrated deep into the night the realization of a vision: An unique interactive exhibition, which captures the life in the GDR and conveys it playfully.
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Tip

BBC History: The Berlin Wall

10 Jul 2014 by Admin
From time to time I begin to search for some hints we could give our foreign-language fans. I search for information about the GDR in general, the Berlin Wall or about some specific topics like the year 1989 or so. Today I want to present you a homepage of the BBC which deals especially with the Berlin Wall.
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For children

„A generation divided. German children and the Berlin Wall“

3 Jul 2014 by Admin
A real interesting and also profound book I found this week in our library and I don’t want to deprive you of. It’s not a book, which would entertain you in a funny way, but it is a book, which will impress you.
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New category

Our Guestbook

26 Jun 2014 by Admin
In our new category “Guests from all over the world” we want to share with you, how international the audience of the DDR Museum is. The visitors come from all directions to Berlin and in the DDR Museum. A lot of them leave a greeting in our Visitors' Book. Some of these greetings, we want to present to you here and above all on our Visitors' Book on Pinterest. Maybe your greeting is there soon?
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Tip

Year1989.pl – the year 1989 in East Europe

19 Jun 2014 by Admin
lIn our blog we try to give hints for foreign-language people which are interested in GDR history. We presented books or translate some of our blog articles into English. A new category we want to open for you is a hint to websites, institutions or museums which deal with the GDR in English or another foreign language.
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Review

“Faust’s Metropolis. A history of Berlin”

12 Jun 2014 by Admin
After a lot of presented books here, it is really difficult to find another one in our library which is recommendable for foreign-language people. We have a lot of books, but unfortunately not so much in English. For the presentation today my colleague Melanie found still one. It is not only a book about the GDR; it is a history of Berlin.
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Tip

GDR-media Changing

5 Jun 2014 by Melanie Alperstaedt
In the last months we supported a project of students, which I want to present you. Students of media technology of the “Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur” in Leipzig created the Homepage www.ddr-medien.de. The DDR Museum was on hand with help and advice for the students in different sections.
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Team

Federicas Favorite Exhibit from our Exhibition

28 May 2014 by Admin
Since some weeks, I am doing an internship at the DDR Museum. I studied Communication and Media Science, especially Social Media Marketing. That was the reason why I wrote my thesis about the importance of Social Media Marketing for museums.
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Design

The P 605

22 May 2014 by Admin
The P 605  is a shapely and easy to service pendant lamp. It is made of lacquered aluminum and became one of the true classics of East German Design. Exactly 50 years ago, it came to the GDR market. A good reason to tell you more about it!
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Review

The Berlin Wall 1961-1989

8 May 2014 by Admin
The book „The Berlin Wall 1961-1989“, published by Berlin Story Vertag, is a very interesting report about the construction of the Wall and it`s consequences.
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Team

Interview „6 questions to“… Robert Rückel, Managing Director & Curator

30 Apr 2014 by Melanie Alperstaedt
In our series “6 questions to…” we regularly present you a colleague of the DDR Museum or the DDR Restaurant Domklause. This time I spoke with Robert Rückel, Managing Director & Curator of the DDR Museum.
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Review

The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic 1945-1990

24 Apr 2014 by Admin
The last book I presented to you in our blog was a novel, a fictive story about some people in Berlin and around the killing strip. Today my book presentation is about real history, about facts and figures, about true events and the people who are involved in it.
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Happy cooking!

3-course Easter menu

17 Apr 2014 by Janine Henschel
The recipe, we present you today, is exceptional and really extensive. Maybe you want to make your loved ones a special treat for Easter and use the holidays for the preparation of a feast.
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Review

“The Killing Strip”

10 Apr 2014 by Admin
Today I want to present you a slightly different book out of our library. The GDR is topic in it, too, but in another form as usually. The book, I want to present to you, is the novel “The Killing Strip”, written by Anthony Underhill in 2010.
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Art

In front of the lens of Gundula Schulze Eldowy

3 Apr 2014 by Admin
When one of the most important East German photographers, Gundula Schulze Endowy, looks through the lens of her camera, she looks contemporaneous not only in the life of her counterpart, but also seemingly in his soul. She sensitively shows the life in the GDR, how it was, unvarnished and beautiful at the same time, the life and the people in all its facets.
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Review

„The Berlin Wall Story. Biography of a monument”

27 Mar 2014 by Admin
“No one has the intention of building a wall.” A sentence said by Walter Ulbricht on the 15th of June 1961, which nearly everybody knows today. A sentence which was one of the biggest lies in the German history. Two months later the GDR regime began with the building of the Wall. And this Wall determined for 28 years the life of the people in East and West Berlin.
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Art

The painter A. R. Penck

20 Mar 2014 by Admin
A creative artist, who tried to adapt himself to the conceptions and requirements of the GDR regime and who ran there into borders in several respects, is the painter, graphic artist and sculptor A. R. Penck, native Ralf Winkler. Artists without borders: The painter A. R. Penck
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Review

Christa Wolf „No Place on earth“

13 Mar 2014 by Admin
The books in our library deal often with the history of the GDR, the political situation or the situation of the people who lived in the GDR. Often the events of the Fall of the Wall or the Stasi are the topics. But beside these books, there are also books of GDR authors which were translated into English. This time I want to present you the book “No Place on earth”, a novel written by Christa Wolf.
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Art

The Photographer Sibylle Bergemann

6 Mar 2014 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Since the establishment of the GDR the state exert influence on the arts and cultural sector. An important photographer, which got to feel this state control several times, was Sibylle Bergemann, who nevertheless succeeded to find her own artistic path in the GDR and to go it beyond all limits.
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Review

“Wandel im Flug. Berlin’s transformation after 1989”

27 Feb 2014 by Admin
I present every two weeks an English book out of our library and a few times picture books with photos of the divided Berlin were subjects of my book presentation. But it is also interesting to know, what happened actually with East and West Berlin after the Fall of the Wall? What changed in the city? What happened with the buildings of the GDR government etc.? 
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