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East-West relationships between minimum exchange and welcome money

8 Sep 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Regarding the inner-German tourist travel with all its aspects, one will inevitably come across the East-German „minimum exchange“ and the West-German „welcome money“. But what do these terms exactly mean and what were their consequences for the people?
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The Society for German-Soviet Friendship

26 Aug 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
In the summer of 1947 the „Society for the Study of the Soviet Culture“ was founded following a proposal by Soviet colonel Sergej Tjulpanow. The newly founded institution was supposed to counteract the common anti-soviet attitude among the population of the GDR. Cultural work was perceived as a useful tool and therefore numerous centers for cultural and political work, which served as “culture houses”, opened in the following years. The „Society for the Study of the Soviet Culture“ was turned into the “Society for German-Soviet Friendship” on July 2nd, 1949.
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Behind the scenes

And Action – Camera rolling! Film shooting at the museum depot

29 Jul 2015 by Maria Bartholomäus
How revealing was the German Democratic Republic? Were East-Germans more advanced in arithmetics than people living in Western Germany? Even after a visit to a museum the one or other question might be left unanswered and current political developments and events might provoke interesting discussions as well.
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Summer Camp in the GDR

22 Jul 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
Holiday time is summer camp time! This slogan was true for many children who grew up in the German Democratic Republic. And, truly, the small republic  established a great number of summer camps. The youth getaways were divided into pioneer's camps („Pionierferienlager“) and company camps („Betriebsferienlager“) and were spread all over the country. In the year 1989 alone there were 49 pioneer's camps within the GDR, as well as hundreds of additional company camps.
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“I love – I love all – all humans” – Erich Mielke Biography

11 Jun 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
On the 13th November 1989, a few days after the opening of the wall, Erich Mielke gave his first speech at the Volkskammer at the Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic). His words: “I love – I love all – all people/humans – Well, I love – I still stand up for it” have been often quoted and give deep insight into the mind of the 82 year – old man. How could this man serve for more than three decades as a Minister of State Security and give a significant imprinting to the apparatus?
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Fashion in the GDR – Fashion – Do it yourself

3 Jun 2015 by Admin
If you think about fashion in the GDR, do you see colors and nice feminine looks? Or do you see grey, shapeless clothes? No matter what you think, both thoughts are right. In the GDR you could find the one and the other.
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The Activist Mouvement in the GDR

12 Feb 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
During the first year after the war, the governance had to undertake special strategies in order to increase the industrial production and economy. The dammages caused by the war casted industrial zones into poverty. Many workers, especially men, were still in war captivity. In the East, a large number of infrastructure´s investements of Soviet occuping force were unthinkable. Therefore it was important to make the most out of the available resources. 
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Review

“Beyond the Wall. Art and Artifacts from the GDR”

14 Jan 2015 by Admin
It’s once again time to present you here an English book about the GDR. Today it’s a very special one. Not only the content but also the size and the layout are something special. It is the biggest book out of our library and the one with the most pictures. And, I think, it’s one of the most expensive ones, too. On 904 pages you can see in this book 2500 artifacts, design pieces and everyday objects from the East German Collection of the “Wende Museum” in Los Angeles.  
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The Trabant car key

29 Nov 2013 by Sören Marotz
It just came back as a loan from the Deutsche Hygiene Museum: our Trabant car key. There it was an exhibit of the special exhibition “Reichtum – Mehr als genug”, which was shown in Dresden from the 6th of July till the 10th of November 2013.
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New Head of Collection

2 Oct 2013 by Sören Marotz
Many years Katrin Strohl worked successfully for the DDR Museum as the Head of Collection. After she devotes herself now to her young family, we could win Sören Marotz as her successor for the management of the collection. He will continue the previous work in proven manner and will place new impulses.
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A Donation from the Australian Embassy

25 Sep 2012 by Admin
A few days ago, the collection of the DDR Museum has been enriched with two "treasures"!
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Sunday trip with heavy consequences :)

14 Aug 2012 by Admin
1330 kg, 2 cylinders, 2 HP and a maximum speed of 15 km/h - this is some basic information about our newly acquired "RS 08"!
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Exhibition

Christmas at the DDR Museum!

1 Dec 2011 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Meanwhile, we have also arrived at Advent season. It has become ourtradition at Christmas time to equip a showcase anew and have our own Christmas tree in the exhibition!
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An Excursion to the Archive

20 Sep 2011 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Here in the DDR Museum are many workplaces. Mine (the office), the till, the DDR-Restaurant Domklause, the exhibition... and one that I mostly don't keep in mind: The archive.
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Exhibition

Exercises with grenades...

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!
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Donation

Stand to Attention! A very special Donation

14 Jul 2009 by Melanie Alperstaedt
A special highlight of the last few days was the visit of a unit of the German armed forces. The group comes from the Dahme-Spree-Barracks and they do not only wanted to visit the DDR Museum. Before they got their guided tour, which was planned within the framework of a political educational trip, they donated a tapestry, which is in a very good condition.
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