Show description in:

Chapter 8Commonalities and differences FRG vs GDR: Youth

  • Number of downloads:1549
Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

You have heard, most likely, of the FDJ (Freie Deutsche Jugend/Free German Youth), an organization that counted over 75 percent of the East German youth between 14-25 years old among its ranks.

Language level

Target group

Skill

Harald Hauswald @ Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

Part of the series Divided Germany, the wall and reunification

26 materials

Life in the GDR and the FRG

  • Number of downloads:33098
  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English

A1 A2

Youth culture in divided Germany

  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English

A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2

Do walls work?

  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English

A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2

Germany between 1945 and 1996

  • Number of downloads:1370
  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English, Span. (Mex.)

A2 B1 B2

A day at the Berlin Wall

  • Number of downloads:4882
  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English

A2

Description

You have heard, most likely, of the FDJ (Freie Deutsche Jugend/Free German Youth), an organization that counted over 75 percent of the East German youth between 14-25 years old among its ranks. But what were East German youth interested in, beyond FDJ? What were their concerns? How did they express resistance? How did they negotiate the space between control/surveillance and their desire to simply have fun? What did their West German peers think of their East German contemporaries on the other side of the border- and vice versa? 

These Videos will give soime answers.

1. GROWING UP IN THE EAST, GROWING UP IN THE WEST
Sofia Sepulveda-Pizarro (East Brunswick High School, NJ) Luiza Vazquez (Mt. Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh), Fox Rifenberg- Stempel (Shaker HS, NY) and Bert Mocklebust (Mahopac High School, NY) engage in a vivid conversation with Diana Erinna and Natalie Bormann about their experiences growing up around the same time, but on different sides of the border.

2. WHAT REMAINS OF EAST AND WEST?
David Gill, German Consul General in NY, discusses with Sofia Sepulveda-Pizarro (East Brunswick HS, NJ), Anna Mares (Mt. Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh, PA), Jack Schneider (Shaker HS, NY) and Donald Zoffel (Mt. Lebanon HS, Pittsburgh PA) the East German educational system, religion, peaceful demonstrations, fake news and obstacles in unifying East and West.

3. YOUTH ACTIVISM
Sofia Sepulveda-Pizarro, East Brunswick HS in NJ asks German General Consul David Gill: Should young people be actively involved in politics and current issues? What role should the government play in encouraging teen activism?

4. MEET MARIO
Mario Röllig, born 1967 in East Berlin, takes you on a tour of his childhood and teenage years in the GDR. In German with English subtitles. 

5. MY DUCKY
Memories of a young girl on summer vacation just outside Berlin, in the GDR. The girl, now a woman, reflects on her past life. In German with English subtitles. 

6. FREEDOM, RESTRICTION AND CODED LANGUAGE
According to GDR propaganda, East Germany was a state for young people. The balance between allowing them some freedoms, while restricting others, proved tricky. Though basic needs like food, shelter and clothing were met, the GDR youth had to negotiate the space for all other extras that make life fun, like music and fashion and often applied coded language and subversive messages to address these.

7. FREEDOM OF SPEECH: EAST GERMANY
The GDR state labelled "negative decadence" those youth cultures that it thought were vestiges of Capitalism that had not been expunged. Skinheads were literally a punch in the face of a state that called itself anti-fascist. 

8. FREEDOM OF SPEECH: WEST GERMANY
The restriction of freedom of speech is taken for granted in the case of East Germany, but what about West Germany?

9. EAST GERMAN DIY CULTURE
How did young people in East Germany's shortage economy get the latest in cool clothing and music?

10. YOUTH CULTURE AND POLITICAL REBELLION
How did young people in the GDR negotiate their place within GDR's society? 

11. EAST GERMAN? WEST GERMAN?
Do young Germans nowadays still self- identify as East- German or West German? In German with English subtitles. 

PARTNER
Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship), German Consulate General New York, German American Partnership Program (GAPP), American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) and Spark for German.

Similar materials

Do walls work?

  • Teaching material is available in the following languages German, English

A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2

Did not find the right thing yet?