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Movies and Books about the German Democratic Republic

21 Feb 2011 by Melanie Alperstaedt
It isn`t that easy to find an interesting documentary, movie or book about the German Democrativ Republic in English. Therefore I would like to recommand you two english movies about the live in the GDR.
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Happy 80th Birthday Armin Mueller-Stahl!

17 Dec 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Mr. Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit and grew up in the German Democratic Republic. There he started his career as an actor. Later he became famous in reunified Germany and in the USA. He played in many German films, but also in successfull movies made in Hollywood. Just have a look!
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GDR Commercials for You

18 Nov 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
I found some GDR commercials. Probably you won`t understand what they are saying. Nevertheless I think that they could be interesting for you.
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Since yesterday, Berlin has a new place of remembrance: The "Platz des 9. November 1989"

10 Nov 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Yesterday was the 21st jubilee of the fall of the Wall in 1989. Im my opinion, it was high time for a special place in Berlin, which has a name like "Platz des 9. November 1989". This day was so important for so many people in Germany and it changed so many lives!
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Sad News: The photographer Sibylle Bergemann died Tuesday night

3 Nov 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Sibylle Bergemann was born in 1941 and was a well known photographer in the GDR and in the reunified Germany. Her pictures were published in the GDR fashion magazin Sibylle, in the magazin Magazin and were shown in several exhibitions. In 1990 she was one of the co-founders of the famous photographers agency Ostkreuz. Since 1994, she was a member of the renowned Akademie der Künste.
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The Goethe-Institut in New York published a video: You will find the DDR Museum in the video, too!

20 Oct 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The Goethe-Institut in New York organises a contest for schools in the U.S. and in Canada. This contest is based on a video about Germany 20 years after the reunification. It is in English or in French and you will see the DDR Museum and a short interview with the director Robert Rückel in the video.
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An interesting article about former GDR civil-rights activists

21 Sep 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommend you an article, published on the website of the Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster. You get informed about the fact, that only few of the inportant former GDR civil-rights activists and dissidents are in the German parliament ("Bundestag") nowadays.
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Culture meets Cocktails - The "Lange Nacht der Museen"

27 Aug 2010 by Admin
A truly indispensable item on the agenda of the Berliner Kultursommer is imminent: The 27th Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of the Museums).
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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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German History in Documents and Images: A fantastic project!

2 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The German History in Documents and Images is a collection of historical materials, which document German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present. On the website, you will find important German pictures and documents, mostly translated into English!
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Which dishes should be on the menu of our new restaurant Domklause?

30 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The DDR Museum is asking for you help: Which typical GDR dish should not be forgotten on the restaurants menu? Please send us your ideas, proposals and suggestions to post@ddr-museum.de!
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German History for "Deutschlerner"

22 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Do you speak German? A little bit? Do you like to learn German and are you interested in German History? Then I found a very interesting website for you!
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A nice collection of articles in English on Spiegel ONLINE international

16 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
I would like to recommend you a selection of articles, backround features and opinions about the German Democratic Republic.
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Behind the wall. "Perfectly Normal Lives" in the GDR? directed by Mary Fulbrook

3 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommand you an interesting documentary, directed by Mary Fulbrook. Sometimes I think, it is very hard to find documentaries and literature about the German Democratic Republic in English, isn`t it?
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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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Postcards from the GDR

25 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
If you like postcards, so I would like to recommand you two links.
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Vademecum Contemporary History Moldavia: A guide to communistic history

5 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The Moldova-Institut Leipzig e.V. publishes in cooperation with the Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur an interesting and helpful guide to archives, research institutions, libraries, associations, museums and sites of memory concerning the communistic history in Eastern Europe.
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What do you know about the "Ampelmännchen"?

11 Dec 2009 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The Times published an interesting and informative article about a very well known symbol of the GDR: The "Ampelmännchen". This little green man is a traffic light symbol, which was common in the GDR and "survived" the reunification. You do not understand, why the "Ampelmännchen" is so special? You like to know, how he survived?! You will find the answers here!
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Memory of the Hitler-Stalin-Pact

20 Aug 2009 by Melanie Alperstaedt
History never is one-sided, but complex. Many occurrences are mutuallydependend, cohere with each other or have unexpected effects at the second glance. In the year of the 20th jubilee of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the focus in the media lies on our own remembrance; the German history.
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