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Günter Höhne about DDR Design

From the long becoming and the abrupt ending of the KN 501

3 Jul 2019 by Günter Höhne
The journalist and expert for DDR product design Günter Höhne writes for the blog DDR Museum. This time he is taking a closer look at the KN 501.
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The Team

Interview „10 questions to...“ Maximilian Schönbeck, apprentice at DDR Museum

20 Jun 2019 by Nic Mattick
Maximilian is part of the team at DDR Museum since January. He undergoes a two and a half year apprenticeship in the field of leisure and tourism with the focus on visitors relations. We asked Max a few questions.
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Object of the month

Fort Laramie from the VEB Holzspielwaren Steinach

14 Jun 2019 by Maria Bartholomäus
With the Fort Laramie, children could live out their passion that arose with the film adaptation of the Karl May novels in the 60s. Hobby groups of the so-called Indianistik were officially active already from the mid-50s.
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Zero Euro Banknote in a new design

New Zero Euro Banknote for the anniversary of the Berlin Wall

29 May 2019 by Nic Mattick
The popular Zero Euro Banknote of the DDR Museum appears in its 6th edition with a design dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall.
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Zero Euro Banknote in a new design

New Zero Euro Banknote for the anniversary of the Berlin Wall

29 May 2019 by Nic Mattick
The popular Zero Euro Banknote of the DDR Museum appears in its 6th edition with a design dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall.
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Object of the Month

Portable TV “Combi-Vision 310”

22 May 2019 by Maria Bartholomäus
The portable television “Combi-Vision 310” wasn't the first of its kind. After the K67 never made it into large-scale production, the TV “Combi-Vision 310” filled a market gap in the DDR.
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Object of the Month

Ceramic Beer Mug – Tierpark Berlin

11 Feb 2019 by Nina Krasemann
Every month we are introducing a new object of the month. The object of February is a ceramic beer mug from the Tierpark Berlin. A brief history of the Tierpark Berlin is presented by Nina Krasemann.
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Günter Höhne writes

From Duckling to Swan: „Moccadolly“

6 Feb 2019 by Günter Höhne
The journalist and expert for DDR product design Günter Höhne writes for the DDR Museum blog. This time he is taking a closer look at the DDR coffee maker “Moccadolly”.
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Günter Höhne writes

DDR Design PRAKTI Camera

23 Jan 2019 by Günter Höhne
The journalist and expert for DDR product design Günter Höhne writes for the blog DDR Museum. This time he is taking a closer look at the camera PRAKTI from 1960 which was produced in Dresden.
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From the Museum

An Intern's introduction and report on her Internship

26 Nov 2018 by Praktikant
My Name is Brianna Selph. I'm from the USA, love German culture and, since September, an at the DDR Museum.
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Object of the month November 2018

Leather suitcase with stickers

1 Nov 2018 by Maria Bartholomäus
Every month, we are showing one very special piece from our collection. Our object of the month November 2018 is a suitcase decorated with a total of 61 stickers from different travel destinations. What might be the story its telling?
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News

The Long Night of Museums: Saturday August 25

20 Aug 2018 by Michael Geithner
Saturday August 25 it is time again for the Long Night of the Museums - and the the DDR Museum will be open until 2:00 am in the morning. Read here what we prepare for you on this very special night of the year.
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News

#MuseumWeek: A Week for Museums on Twitter

8 May 2018 by Nadine Walter
For seven days, thousands of cultural institutions around the world shared impressions from their daily life. During this week, the DDR Museum reached more than 3.1 million people with its tweets (translated by Elizabeth Moye).
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History of Music

Wittstock instead of Woodstock - Blues in the DDR

24 Apr 2018 by Sören Marotz
They call themselves Kunden (“customers”), Trampers (“hitchhikers”), or Bluesers (“bluesmen”), wear long hair and beards, Jesus sandals, jeans and parkas. On the weekends they are always on the move, celebrating their dropping out of society in remote village halls, occupy the carnival festivities in Thuringia’s Wasungen, and pass along bottles of red wine during Eastberlin’s blues fairs.
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From the museum

The dioramas are here

19 Mar 2018 by Nina Krasemann
A few weeks ago, we reported here on the planned dioramas on the subject of "Hammer, circle, wreath of corn". Last week, the finished pieces could move into the showcases in the group area behind the museum cash register.
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A Trip to the DDR - "The Journey of my Life"

Chapter 10: 30 Years Later

21 Nov 2017 by Michael Geithner
30 years have gone by since Shimelis visited the DDR in 1987, 30 years later the once 14-year-old boy has grown up and built a whole new life in Ethiopia. In the last part of this story, Shimelis takes us into his present life and how his journey into the DDR still impacts his life.
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A Trip to the DDR - "The Journey of my Life"

Chapter 9: Good bye DDR!

14 Nov 2017 by Michael Geithner
"I wish I could have lived with those kind people forever." Time went by too fast for Shimelis, who visited the DDR in 1987. After some months outside of Ethiopia and it's troubles there, it was time to say goodbye and go back. Not a simple task for the 14-year-old boy.
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A Trip to the DDR - "The Journey of my Life"

Chapter 8: Visiting Schwedt and Berlin

7 Nov 2017 by Michael Geithner
14-year-old ethiopian Shimelis visited the DDR in 1987 - the only other country he has ever seen. For a few months he enjoyed the massive cultural clash in the Pioneer Republic "Wilhelm Pieck", where he spent most of his days. But after some time Shimelis and the other delegations got the opportunity to visit Schwedt and East Berlin.
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A Trip to the DDR - "The Journey of my Life"

Chapter 7: The Kissing Issue

31 Oct 2017 by Michael Geithner
1987 in Ethiopia. Shimelis lived in a camp for children who became victims of the war. One day he was allowed to visit the DDR - a life changing experience. It was the first and only time for him to visit another country. For a couple of months he visited the Pioneer Republic "Wilhelm Pieck". It was a time of many "firsts".
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A Trip to the DDR - "The Journey of my Life"

Chapter 6: Pioneer Republic "Wilhelm Pieck"

24 Oct 2017 by Michael Geithner
Shimelis arrived at night in the Pioneer Republic "Wilhelm Pieck". After his flight with Interflug from Ethiopia and one culture shock after the other he finally arrived in the DDR. Slowly, he started to make friends and felt comfortable in the new world he was thrown into.
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