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Between Division and Mutuality. Culture in the Divided Germany.

24 Feb 2016 by Elke Sieber
Carsten Kretschmann has a PHD in history and is researching and teaching Contemporary History at the University of Stuttgart. In his monograph about culture he is examining differences and similarities between the inter – German cultural landscape from 1945 until mainly 1989.
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Review

1968 in the East – why should we be concerned with the Federal Republic?

13 Jan 2016 by Elke Sieber
Lutz Kirchenwitz has a doctor’s degree in Cultural Sciences and is the head of the “Lied und soziale Bewegungen” (Song and Social Movements) society in Berlin. He is particularly dealing with the Singebewegung (Singing movement) in the GDR.
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Education program

GDR Guide – the exhibition catalogue of the DDR Museum

30 Sep 2015 by Janine Henschel
The GDR Guide offers a glimpse into the life of a bygone state along 160 pages. 42 chapters, more than 200 photographs and comprehensive information material depict everyday life in the GDR in a colorful and detailed way.
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Event

Was this the Wende that we wanted?

23 Sep 2015 by Melanie Alperstaedt
During our event yesterday evening the focus was set not so much on a book, but rather on a question: Did the different hopes and expectations of 1989 come true? This interesting question was asked by author and journalist Burga Kalinowski and directed to popular people as well as unknown personalities, who nonetheless have one thing in common: They used to live in the GDR and were confronted with heavy changes of their everyday lives in 1989.
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Review

„Born in the GDR. Living in the shadow of the Wall”

8 Aug 2014 by Admin
In October 2014 a book will be published, which seems to be really interesting for those, who are interested in the GDR and the life there. Hester Vaizey tells in her book, „Born in the GDR. Living in the shadow of the Wall”, the true stories of eight people.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Review

„Experienced Building, East Berlin 1959 – 1989“

5 Nov 2013 by Admin
We entrust the book „Experienced Building, East Berlin 1959 – 1989“ toall interested people in architecture and in the architectural (re-)design of East Berlin in the years 1959 till 1989. The special feature: All texts and thecaptions are printed in four languages, German, English, Russian and French.
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Review

"East German Design 1949-1989"

22 Oct 2013 by Admin
In the supermarkets in Germany today you can find some products which look a little bit “retro”, a little bit out of another time. Maybe you’ve seen the Club Cola, the Vita Cola or the Kathi cake mix. These are products which were produced in the former GDR and which were by 1991 returning to the shop shelfs in Germany.
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Review

„The Berlin Wall. Division of a City”

8 Oct 2013 by Admin
In his book "The Berlin Wall. Division of a City" Thomas Flemming pays attention to the history of the Wall through Berlin. In eight chapters he describes the life of the people in East and West Berlin with the Wall, he explains from escape operations, protests against the Wall and last but not least from the Fall of the Wall and from the things which were left over of this sign of the SED dictatorship.
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Review

“The Peaceful Revolution – Berlin 1989/90 – The path to German unity”

2 Oct 2013 by Admin
The 7th October 1989 was an important turning point in the history of the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR. At the GDR national day there were a lot of people on the streets, not only for celebrating the SED regime but also for demonstrating against it.
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Review

The Berlin Wall. Monument of the Cold War

7 Apr 2011 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommend you a very interesting book in German and English about the Berlin Wall with a lot of pictures inside. It is written by Hans-Hermann Hertle and has the following chapters:
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Review

Mary Fulbrook`s new book: The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker

6 Aug 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommand you an interesting review of a book by Mary Fulbrook. The author of the review, Neil Davenport, read the book and tells us, what he thinks about it. 
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Tip

1989. The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe by Mary Elise Sarotte

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.
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