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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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Press

Interview with Paula Kirby on “The View East”

20 Feb 2014 by Admin
Paula Kirby, a writer who lived and worked in Dresden, is one of the rare guest authors in the blog of the DDR Museum. She experienced such an interesting story, that our spokeswoman Melanie Alperstaedt asked her in 2011 to write in our blog about it.
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Review

„The Berlin Wall Book“

13 Feb 2014 by Admin
“Nothing is so bad that it does not also bear within it the seed of something good.” (Chinese saying). This saying Hermann Waldenburg prefaces his introducing essay for “The Berlin Wall Book”. And he tries to confirm this saying with his photos of the paintings on the Berlin Wall. He collected these photos and brought them together in one little book with a lot of pictures which was published 2012 by the Nicolai Verlag.
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Competition

2. Instagram photo competition

6 Feb 2014 by Michael Geithner
We call again all hobby and mobile phone photographers to overheat their cameras and take some nice photos around the GDR!
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Review

“DDR in Color”

30 Jan 2014 by Admin
When I thought about photographs of the former GDR I often had the picture in mind, that these are black and white, or better: grey. This view is obviously a fallacy because of course you can find color photos of the GDR, too.  A book which calls this into my consciousness is the book “DDR in Color”, in 2013 published in the Berlin Story Verlag and edited by Klaus Morgenstern and the ddrbildarchiv.de.
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Happy cooking!

Has restaurant manager a favorite dish?

23 Jan 2014 by Janine Henschel
Once in a month I ask my colleagues, which is their favorite dish from the Domklause. But, how is it, when you work in the Domklause? Do you have one favorite on the menu? These questions our restaurant manager Kim Stender will answer.
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Memorial

The Berlin Wall Trail (Berliner Mauerweg)

16 Jan 2014 by Admin
Once in a month we present you places, which deal with commemorating and remembering the GDR. These places were yet above all institutions like museums or memorials, which emphasize several themes of the GDR past. This time we want to present you a place of remembrance of a special kind: the Berlin Wall Trail.
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Review

“Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”

9 Jan 2014 by Admin
In 2009, 20 years after the fall of the wall, the foundation Brandenburger Tor conceived an exhibition with the title “Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”. Attendant to that exhibition the foundation published a catalogue, which is still worth seeing even if the exhibition can’t longer be seen. Because of that I put forward this catalogue here.
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Exhibition

The wall unit “Carat” in the DDR Museum

2 Jan 2014 by Dr. Stefan Wolle
When archeologists in a thousand years will find remains of a wall unit they can assign the find immediately. Maybe they will refer to the wall unit culture, how we refer to the Funnel Beaker Culture or the Corded Ware, of which we don’t know more than the earthenware.
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Exhibition

Simson KR 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”)

17 Dec 2013 by Sören Marotz
Now he is finally here, our Simson KR (KleinRoller=small scooter) 51/1 “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), Year 1979. Actually he is a “she”: the “Schwalbe” (“Swallow”), because nobody used the designation Simson KR 51/1. For a long time she stands with a structurally identical sister in our museum depot in order to make her way in the exhibition in the Christmas season.
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Happy cooking!

Venison stew

12 Dec 2013 by Janine Henschel
This recipe is a specialty of Saxony. Above all in the southern part of the GDR there were a lot of forests and because of that there were lots of game meat.
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Review

„The new sufferings of young W. and other stories from the German Democratic Republic”

5 Dec 2013 by Admin
Today I want to present you a slightly different book as I presented the last times. It isn’t a historical book about the GDR, but it is a collection of stories written by authors of the GDR.
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