Press conference: »GDR in Objects 1949-1990. Leisure, Culture, Travel«

Berlin, September 22, 2020 – On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Reunification, the DDR Museum publishes »GDR in Objects 1949-1990. Leisure, Culture, Travel«, the second of a total of three volumes. The 400-page standard work with over 1,100 objects from the world's largest museum DDR collection with 300,000 artifacts will be published on October 1, 2020 with 4,000 copies in a limited edition. The German and English language book will be available exclusively in the shop of the DDR Museum and in the online shop.

Over the course of two years, the collection experts have brought together striking and everyday as well as unusual artifacts from four decades of the DDR. »The second volume of the trilogy is a cross section of leisure life in the DDR. The collected objects exemplarily show how economy, politics and ideology had affected the leisure activities of DDR citizens over the course of four decades,« says the head of collections Jörn Kleinhardt.

The texts of the scientific director of the museum, Dr. Stefan Wolle, as well as the business author Quirin Graf Adelmann v.A. complete this »material journey into the past« with entertaining and informative insights into everyday life as well as the economic and product history of the German Democratic Republic. The first volume in the series was published on the 14th birthday of the DDR Museum on July 15, 2020 on the topics of daily life, home and consumption. The third and last one on the topics of work, economy and politics will be published in spring 2021.


Invitation to the press presentation and review copy

The DDR Museum cordially invites you to the press presentation on September 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the DDR Museum. In addition to the brief presentation of the project and the second volume in the series, you will have the opportunity to talk to the head of collections Jörn Kleinhardt and the two authors, Dr. Stefan Wolle and Quirin Graf Adelmann v. A.

In order to comply with the currently required hygiene and distance regulations, we ask you to register, including the number of people, in advance at or at +49 30 847 1237 47.

At the press conference, the first and second volumes will be made available as PDF files as well as images for your reporting. If you are interested in a digital review copy but cannot come to the press conference, please contact us by email.

You can find the reading sample on the right above the press images.

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The Facts

Presse conference of the collection volume »GDR in Objects 1949-1990: Leisure, Culture, Travel«, published by the DDR Museum
September 29, 2020, 11 a.m.

Konferenzraum des DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

S-Bahnhof Hackescher Markt (ca. 4 minutes by foot)
U- and S-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz (ca. 10 minutes by foot)

Click here to see the exact location.


If you have any questions, Vanessa Jasmin Lemke, the press officer of the DDR Museum, is available on +49 30 847 1237 47 or If you print and / or quote, we would be happy to receive brief information.