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For Educators

Knowing the past can tell us more about the present and help us build a better future. In ten worksheets (see below) and a bonus task , your students will start from questions that engage us today and learn learn how people in both the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) looked at their everyday life and how they understood the period they lived in. They will learn more about the historical background and review video testimonials by experts, filmmakers, and activists. The past takes them directly to the present inviting to reflect on the narratives and challenges in their own communities today.
Download the educator handbook for guidance, instructions and an answer-key to all worksheets.


Interactive Worksheets

Democracy Photo (detail): Volkmar Heinz @ picture alliance / dpa-Zentralbild ZB

1- Democracy

Economy Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

2- Economy

Berlin, 1962. People stand on a stage on the Western side of the Berlin Wall in order to catch a glimpse at the other side of the border. Photo (detail): Hermann Schröer © picture alliance/Timeline Images

3- Walls

Freedom of Speech Photo (detail): Reinhard Kaufhold @ picture alliance / ZB

4- Freedom of Speech

Education Photo (detail): @ picture alliance / dpa-Zentralbild

5- Education

Youth Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

6- Youth

Gender / LGBTQI+ Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

7- Equality and LGBTQ+

Environment Photo (detail): © picture alliance / ZB

8- Environment and Sustainability

Social Justice Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

9- Protest and Peaceful Revolution

 Race and racism Photo (detail): © picture alliance / ZB

10-Diversity and Racism

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