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GHDI: German History in Documents and Images

20 May 2015 by Admin
It is difficult to come by original documents and images about the German history, especially for people from foreign countries. Because of this difficulty the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. initiated an interesting project.
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Border

The Memorial Point Alpha between Geisa/Rasdorf

18 May 2015 by Admin
The Point Alpha Memorial is located along the former inner-German border, between Geisa/Thuring and Rasdorf/Hesse, on a surface of almost 100,000 square meters. It is an interesting historical place where visitors can experience how life was during the time of the wall.
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Guided Tour

The Berlin Wall Tour

13 May 2015 by Janine Henschel
Of course: In the museum you can participate in numerous guided tours through the exhibition. But, did you know, that we offer combined tours and thematic city tours, too? During the 2 hour guided tour “The Berlin Wall” you proceed to the traces of the death strip between East and West Berlin from the Bornholmer Straße to the Bernauer Straße.
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„Ostalgia: Romanticizing the GDR“ – an article by Wolfgang Dick

6 May 2015 by Admin
Twenty-five years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall the Deutsche Welle dealt last year in an interesting article with the remembrance of the former GDR.
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For in German history interested people

22 Apr 2015 by Admin
Every now and again I search through the internet for foreign language offers for those who are interested in German history and especially in GDR history. Sometimes I find some, sometimes not. Today I was once again successful. This time I found something interest about German history in general.
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Educational Program

“The GDR State Security. Shield and Sword of the Party” – an interesting brochure

11 Mar 2015 by Admin
If you are interested in the GDR history, you cannot avoid the topic State Security (Stasi). It is really important to understand the life of the people in the GDR, to understand why a lot of them escaped out of the state and it is important to understand how the dictatorship worked.
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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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The Wende Museum in Los Angeles

11 Feb 2015 by Admin
A few weeks ago I presented here the book “Beyond the Wall. Art and Artifacts from the GDR”. The book was published by the Wende Museum in LA and so I started some research. I want to know what a museum this is that so far away from Germany and the Eastern bloc deals with the artifacts and the history of these countries.
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Spiegel Online International

3 Dec 2014 by Admin
Sometimes I’m really surprised at the multiplicity of foreign language offers about the GDR history. You can find not only books, but also movies, homepages, museums and much more else for GDR interested people who don’t speak German.
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Music

East German Rock and Pop in the 1970s and 1980s

23 Oct 2014 by Admin
From time to time I give you here some hints where you can inform yourself about the GDR history in English or other foreign languages. I always try to find different offers for foreign language people and so I presented already websites, museums or events regarding the GDR. Today I searched about the topic music in the GDR and I found a really interesting online platform.
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Movie evening presented by “The EXBerliner”

25 Sep 2014 by Admin
We present here often book tips or other tips and hints for foreign language people who are interested in the GDR history. You can find in the English blog museums, internet platforms, films or books and today I want to present you something for really spontaneous persons.
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The History of German Parliamentarism: The German Democratic Republic (1949-1989)

14 Aug 2014 by Admin
The German Bundestag offers on its’ homepage a lot of information about the history of the German parliamentarism. From its beginning till today there are articles, photos and historical documents. This information is available in German, but also in some other languages, for example in English and French.
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The Deutsche Welle: History in 30 languages

31 Jul 2014 by Admin
The public foreign country radio of Germany is the Deutsche Welle (DW). Besides the audios, which are broadcasted in different languages, the Deutsche Welle has a huge online offer in 30 languages. You can find on the homepage news and a lot of information around Germany. And besides that, you can find a widespread proposal regarding the German history.
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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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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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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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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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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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„Spuk unterm Riesenrad“ – Open Air Theatre

10 Jun 2013 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Last Friday I was invited to the premiere of the play "Haunting under the Ferris Wheel", which we are sponsoring this year. Venue is the Spreepark Plänterwald, which lies waste these days and is no longer used as an amusement park. Nevertheless, there are still old rides, houses and figures that are slowly reclaimed by nature.
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Google Art Project

Years of Change

9 Nov 2012 by Admin
Tomorrow is the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Wall - and to coincide with that, our new "Years of Change" exhibition has gone online. Is is a "typical diary" from the time of German reunification.
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