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Wiebke Janssen: SED and youth in the 50s

16 Jun 2017 by Praktikant
The SED observed concernedly how the adolescents of the late 50s were drawn to Rock `n´Roll and studded pants. The aim of the socialist education was to mold youngsters into “new humans”. The party wanted to influence the first generation of the “Children of the Republic” through a restrictive and repressive policy. By Elke Sieber (08.06.2017) Translated by Lisa Laubner (09.06.2017)
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"Die Normalität des Absurden" - Heinz Schneider

27 Apr 2017 by Melanie Alperstaedt
„Die Normalität des Absurden” tells the story of Heinz Schneider, who lived through two German dictatorships. Even though the book mainly focuses on his personal life, many universal themes are uncovered: how is one meant to behave in a dictatorship? How is our identity formed? How should the DDR be remembered?
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Cultural history in the GDR

27 Apr 2016 by Elke Sieber
We review "Kulturgeschichte der DDR. Ein Überblick, Erfurt 2014." by Frank Hoffmann.
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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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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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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

“The Trabant" by Eli Rubin

25 Mar 2015 by Admin
Since 1976 the History Workshop Journal is one of the world’s leading historical journals. It is part of the Oxford University Press. On the homepage of the journal you find a lot of interesting articles and essays. Most of them aren’t free and you can only read the abstracts. But, I found an essay which you can read completely for free.
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Divided Berlin: a free citymap for our guests!

18 Mar 2015 by Melanie Alperstaedt
All important Berlin institutions related to the theme of “GDR” and the “division of the city” collaborate to create a free map both for passionate tourists and berliners.
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“Constructing Socialism in East Germany - an essay by Stephanie Engelhard

25 Feb 2015 by Admin
Researching online after interesting pages or institutions for foreign-speaking people regarding the GDR I found an interesting essay about the early history of the GDR.
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Review

“OST COLA”

19 Feb 2015 by Admin
A new coffee-table book, OST COLA, has been added to our library. It shows pictures of the Brandenburg an der Havel before the reunification. The photos has been taken by Mathias Knoppe, Hans Hoffmann and Alexander Pollock.
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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 Burning Wall. Dissent and revolt behind the Berlin Wall“

17 Dec 2014 by Admin
It is a documentary about the GDR, but not about the popular topics, it is a film about the opposition in the GDR, about the uprising behind the Berlin Wall. Explicitly and exciting Hava Kohav Beller portrays the development of the East German underground opposition.
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„Behind the Wall. ‚Perfectly Normal Lives‘ in the GDR?“

8 Oct 2014 by Admin
25 years after the Peaceful Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall there are still discussions about the GDR, about the life there, about the feelings the people had of this state. Often there is a difference between those who say the GDR was an illegitimate state and those who think, not everything was badly in the GDR. It isn’t always easy to understand how can arise two so different opinions about same different state.
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Review

„My DDR T-Shirt“

28 Aug 2014 by Admin
In 2005 Ian Hawkins was in Berlin to visit the city. The Karl-Marx-Allee impressed him that much, that he bought a DDR T-Shirt. After that he had heavy pangs of conscience about wearing a T-Shirt with the insignias of the dictatorship GDR. These thoughts caused Ian to his project “The DDR T-Shirt”.
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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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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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“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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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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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 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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