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Face and Eye gymnastics

2 Dec 2015 by Janine Henschel
People have been concerned with aesthetics and cosmetics already in antiquity. This was also true for the GDR. Even back then, a tired, aged and wrinkly skin was considered a disadvantageous feature. By wrinkling one's nose, raising and pulling together the skin of the forehead, pouting and squinting, parts of the dermal tissue and muscle activity are stressed only partially which eventually leads to unattractive wrinkles.
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Erich Honecker – Rise and Fall of the GDR Head of State

4 Nov 2015 by Jörn Kleinhardt
On October 29th in 1976, exactly 39 years ago, Erich Honecker was elected Chairman of the Privy Council by the People's Chamber. At that moment he had been holding all of the important positions in the GDR such as „General Secretary of the Central Committee of the SED“, „Chairman of the National Defense Council“ as well as „Chairman of the State Council in the GDR“ in personal union since 1976. Domestically, Honecker was at the peak of his power. But how did the little „Saarlander“ get into those influential positions? To answer this question, a look into history is necessary at first.
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The Berlin TV Tower

14 Oct 2015 by Maria Bartholomäus
On October 3rd in 1969, the Berlin TV Tower was ceremonially inaugurated in Berlin Mitte at the Alexanderplatz in the presence of Walter Ulbricht and other high-rank politicians of the SED party. At the same time the television broadcaster Deutscher Fernsehfunk started its emission and the era of color television in the GDR had begun. Prior to the construction there were constant internal discussions about the exact place and appearance of the tower. After agreement, the then-president of the Deutsche Bauakademie (German Construction Academy) Gerhard Kosel was instructed by the SED leadership with the overall instruction of the project.
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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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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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Border

The Ostsee frontier tower in Külungsborn - a place to remember the German Division.

17 Jun 2015 by Admin
A lot of Germans still go to the Ostsee and especially the city Kühlungsborn is very popular. You can see beach chairs and tourists walking at the promenade, which looks very different in comparison with what you could see at the time between 1961 and 1968.
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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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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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Press

„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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Design

The chicken or the egg...

29 Apr 2015 by Günter Höhne
which came first? A well known enigma where the answer still generates contrasting opinions among intellectuals since generations. SONJA PLASTIC, a west Saxonian producer of plastic design objects, does not ask itself this question. Since the beginning of the seventies, chicken and egg boxes belong to the same successful selection of the Wolkensteiner enterprise, set up 90 years ago.
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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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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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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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History

Five suprising facts

19 Dec 2014 by Admin
In this article we tell you five suprising facts about the end of the German Democratic Republic.
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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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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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