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Exhibition

My first visit of the future exhibition space!

27 Jul 2010 by Admin
Today I had the first possibility to see the future exhibition and restaurant space, after my stay abroad.
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I would like to show you the logo of our new restaurant "Domklause"!

22 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
This is our logo for the DDR Restaurant Domklause!
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Exhibition

New pictures of our site!

19 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
A new wall is build, another one is torn down. A visitor would see a lot of building site rubble and stones and to walk around could be dangerous. Nevertheless, I took some pictures for you, to keep you up to date.
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Exhibition

A first visit on our construction site: EXCITING !

9 Jul 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The construction work started some days ago. Beginning from today, I will visit the construction site everyday. I will take pictures of everything, the changes, the details, the restaurant, the shop and so forth...
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Tip

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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Restaurant

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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News

The DDR Museum doubles its Exhibition Space!

10 Jun 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Four years after the opening, I can spread happy news! The DDR Museum enlarges its exhibition. The whole team is very excited about that and we are already working on the concept. The construction work starts in the next few days and should be finished in September.
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Review

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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We painted out kitchen up, have a look!

31 May 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
The last two nights, we painted our kitchen up. How do you like it?!
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A clever cow for the DDR Museum!

26 May 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
We have a new cow inside the exhibition! Our old cow was teaching our visitors about the agricultural cooperative societies and the forced collectivization in the German Democratic Republic for years. Everyone was allowed, to touch and open the cow...with what kind of cow can you do this?! Our old cow never complained about that! Nevertheless, it was the time to retire it. A new and modern cow replaced it and is now waiting for the curious hands and eyes of our visitors.
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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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Review

"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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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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Exhibition

Exercises with grenades...

24 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
where common during the physical education and military education in GDR schools. The general education system wanted to prepare the children to deal with hand grenades, anti-personal mines and weapons during their military service in the NVA. So they let them exercise with dummies!
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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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Event

The DDR Museum was one of the most visited museums during the Long Night of the Museums!

4 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Do you know the Long Night of The Museums? It is a very special evening, because a lot of museums open untill 2 a.m.. So do we, two times a year.
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Social Media

Become a Fan of the DDR Museum on Facebook!

3 Mar 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
Since some weeks, the DDR Museum has got a fan page on facebook. If you do not know facebook, I recommand you to read the article on Wikipedia to get a first impression.
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Retrospect

2009 - A very successful year for the DDR Museum

14 Jan 2010 by Melanie Alperstaedt
2009 is gone, but it was a very good year for the museum. 398.592 people from all over the world had a hands-on experience of history during their visit of the DDR Museum.
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