Wear and tear to the point of catastrophe – Industrial accidents in the GDR

There were repeated industrial accidents with numerous fatalities and injuries in the GDR, particularly in the chemical and energy industries. On paper, the occupational safety measures met the highest standards. In reality, however, modern technology was lacking everywhere, whilst in production, too, the Stasi initially assumed sabotage and diversion by the Western class enemy in the case of every major accident. On the basis of some particularly serious accidents, the lecture will show how the production assets of the GDR were systematically worn out to the bitter end.


Lecture and discussion

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lindenberger, Director of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism Dresden


Sören Marotz, Exhibition Director DDR Museum, Berlin

Zerstörtes Messgerät zwischen Trümmern nach Industrieunfall

Wed 19 July 6pm

Konferenzraum DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Here you can see the location.

The event will take place in German.

The event will be recorded and made available on the DDR Museum YouTube channel. Click here to view past events.