Press Release: Temporary Exhibition »My Trabi«

»My Trabi - 26 Two-Stroke Stories«

DDR Museum opens new temporary exhibition

Berlin, May 29, 2019 – The new temporary exhibition »My Trabi - 26 Two-Stroke Stories« tells 26 exciting stories in small showcases about the Trabant 601, the most driven car in the DDR. The exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the DDR Museum from June 12 to September 15, 2019. Admission to the temporary exhibition is free of charge.

The number 26 runs through the history of the Trabant 601. He had 26 hp, a 26-liter tank and after 26 years its production ceased in 1990. The Trabant, in German »companion«, actually accompanied the life of many DDR citizens: first as a dream, then, after a waiting period of up to 16 years, as a new car, unless you bought a used car for a high surcharge. »The car was also a status symbol in socialism and it promised a little freedom in a country without freedom. No other car has loaded in his trunk as many memories as the ›cardboard‹, comparable at most to the VW Beetle in the Federal Republic, « says curator Sören Marotz.

After a call in March 2019, people from all over Germany came to tell the DDR Museum their personal Trabant story. All in all, 26 of these memories can now be found in the temporary exhibition.

  • Titele: My Trabi - 26 Two-Stroke Stories
  • On display: June 12 until September 15, 2019
  • Venue: Foyer of the DDR Museum, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin
  • Curators: Sören Marotz, Head of Exhibition DDR Museum, and Dr. Stefan Wolle, Head of Research DDR Museum
  • Texts: German and English
  • Admission: Visit of temporary exhibition in the foyer is free of charge

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