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Christa Wolf „No Place on earth“

13 Mar 2014 by Admin
The books in our library deal often with the history of the GDR, the political situation or the situation of the people who lived in the GDR. Often the events of the Fall of the Wall or the Stasi are the topics. But beside these books, there are also books of GDR authors which were translated into English. This time I want to present you the book “No Place on earth”, a novel written by Christa Wolf.
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“Wandel im Flug. Berlin’s transformation after 1989”

27 Feb 2014 by Admin
I present every two weeks an English book out of our library and a few times picture books with photos of the divided Berlin were subjects of my book presentation. But it is also interesting to know, what happened actually with East and West Berlin after the Fall of the Wall? What changed in the city? What happened with the buildings of the GDR government etc.? 
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„The Berlin Wall Book“

13 Feb 2014 by Admin
“Nothing is so bad that it does not also bear within it the seed of something good.” (Chinese saying). This saying Hermann Waldenburg prefaces his introducing essay for “The Berlin Wall Book”. And he tries to confirm this saying with his photos of the paintings on the Berlin Wall. He collected these photos and brought them together in one little book with a lot of pictures which was published 2012 by the Nicolai Verlag.
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“DDR in Color”

30 Jan 2014 by Admin
When I thought about photographs of the former GDR I often had the picture in mind, that these are black and white, or better: grey. This view is obviously a fallacy because of course you can find color photos of the GDR, too.  A book which calls this into my consciousness is the book “DDR in Color”, in 2013 published in the Berlin Story Verlag and edited by Klaus Morgenstern and the ddrbildarchiv.de.
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“Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”

9 Jan 2014 by Admin
In 2009, 20 years after the fall of the wall, the foundation Brandenburger Tor conceived an exhibition with the title “Scenes and Traces of a Fall. The Berlin Wall in the Eye of the Photographer”. Attendant to that exhibition the foundation published a catalogue, which is still worth seeing even if the exhibition can’t longer be seen. Because of that I put forward this catalogue here.
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„The new sufferings of young W. and other stories from the German Democratic Republic”

5 Dec 2013 by Admin
Today I want to present you a slightly different book as I presented the last times. It isn’t a historical book about the GDR, but it is a collection of stories written by authors of the GDR.
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Berlin – A City Divided

19 Nov 2013 by Admin
It is not essential that history or historical books always are dull. It is also possible to write illustratively about history. A good example for this is the book “Berlin – A City Divided” by Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler.
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"East German Design 1949-1989"

22 Oct 2013 by Admin
In the supermarkets in Germany today you can find some products which look a little bit “retro”, a little bit out of another time. Maybe you’ve seen the Club Cola, the Vita Cola or the Kathi cake mix. These are products which were produced in the former GDR and which were by 1991 returning to the shop shelfs in Germany.
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„The Berlin Wall. Division of a City”

8 Oct 2013 by Admin
In his book "The Berlin Wall. Division of a City" Thomas Flemming pays attention to the history of the Wall through Berlin. In eight chapters he describes the life of the people in East and West Berlin with the Wall, he explains from escape operations, protests against the Wall and last but not least from the Fall of the Wall and from the things which were left over of this sign of the SED dictatorship.
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“The Peaceful Revolution – Berlin 1989/90 – The path to German unity”

2 Oct 2013 by Admin
The 7th October 1989 was an important turning point in the history of the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR. At the GDR national day there were a lot of people on the streets, not only for celebrating the SED regime but also for demonstrating against it.
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The GDR Trilogy by Stefan Wolle is Now Completed!

2 Oct 2013 by Dr. Stefan Wolle
Even the first test was successful. My "Big Plan" is sold in the station bookstore on Alexanderplatz. Brightly colored and sealed properly. It is the third book of a GDR trilogy, which you can buy individually or as a set. Since 20years, the writing of these books has kept me in suspense.
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"Tunnel 57 - A True Escape-Story"

13 Jun 2013 by Melanie Alperstaedt
"Tunnel 57" is newly published in May and since a few days you can buy the comic in our shop. Since I find history and entertainment a very exciting combination, I immediately wanted to take a look at our new arrival.
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Berlin Wall Art

13 Jul 2012 by Admin
The other day, I found an interesting book in our special library at the visitor centre. It attracted my attention because of its colourful cover with the title "Berlin Wall Art".So I browsed through the book a bit and decided to write a blog entry about it.
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„The Burning Wall“

22 May 2012 by Admin
This clutching film deals with the formation and development of dissident groups in the GDR between 1949 until 1989.It is a documentary that shows the historical and social conditions of the political system in the GDR and how this social reality left a mark on the citizens.
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„Generation Wall“

8 Dec 2011 by Admin
Mark Scheppert began writing his stories in 2008 and he intended to write something new and unique about the GDR representative for his generation and not existing so far. Now he published the e-book "Generation Wall".
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The Berlin Wall. Monument of the Cold War

7 Apr 2011 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommend you a very interesting book in German and English about the Berlin Wall with a lot of pictures inside. It is written by Hans-Hermann Hertle and has the following chapters:
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"The Peaceful Revolution" by Jens Schöne

22 Apr 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Today, I would like to recommand you a book written by Jens Schöne. "The Peaceful Revolution" was published in 2009 by the Berlin Story Verlag. This publishing house published some interesting books about the GDR in english, like the illustrated book "When there was still an east" by Udo Hesse, "The Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989" by the Landesarchiv Berlin or "The Peaceful Revolution" by Jens Schöne.
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