Photo (detail): Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung
Vergangenheitsbewältigung: German for “coming to terms with the past”. What remains of East Germany (GDR) thirty years after Reunification? How is the history of the German partition between East and West Germany told and re-told? How do GDR citizens remember a country that ceased to exist overnight? What kind of histories become available once we step out of the mainstream narrative and look at mundane everyday life? What are micro- histories? Finally, why remember?
415 hours of home movies in the GDR made by East German citizens? Don't know where to start? The Co-founders of Open Memory Box take you on a tour and show how to easily navigate this fascinating project of commemoration.
Mario Roellig attempted to escape the GDR in 1987, but was caught and imprisoned in a Stasi high- security prison. Why is his history of persecution in the GDR important? What can it help us understand? In German with English subtitles.
Like no other German or European city, Berlin embodies the Cold war division into East and West. 30 years after Reunification, can you still see this division in the geography of the city? Noa K. Ha, PhD talks about everyday encounters with history.
The multimedia brochure A Peaceful Revolution- 30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall invites students of German and anyone interested in contemporary German and European history to explore the events, people and personal narratives that shaped the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago.