Nestling behind the Iron Curtain, the 16 million inhabitants of the German Democratic Republic have come to be viewed as a care-worn people forced to make do and mend with only nude swimming and a special form of pickled gherkin to enliven a very drab life. What was life really like under Socialism? Was it all Stasi repression and shortages or a Socialist paradise of full employment and social security? Take a look »behind the wall« and find out for yourself. All our exhibits are waiting to be touched, used and experienced - start the Trabi, try on the clothes and reach inside the drawers and cupboards. This companion volume to the exhibition introduces readers to life as lived under German Socialism - 66 chapters telling a scintillating yet balanced story recreated by our inhouse experts.
Biografie (Stefan Wolle)
Stefan Wolle; Jahrgang 1950; Studium der Geschichte, 1976-1989 Mitarbeiter der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR; 1984 Promotion; 1991-1996 Assistent an der Humboldt Universität, 1996-1998 Stipendiat der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft; 1998 2000 Referent bei der Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur; freier Autor; Mitarbeiter des Forschungsverbundes SED-Staat an der Freien Universität Berlin; Wissenschaftlicher Leiter des DDR-Museums in Berlin.
Biografie (Andrew Smith)
Andrew Smith is English although he was born in New York and lived in California until he was in his early teens. He watched the moon landings on TV in his home near San Francisco. He has written for Melody Maker, the Face, the Sunday Times, and the Observer where he has written on the KLF, death row, Damien Hirst, Jeff Bezos, Bianca Jagger and much much more. He currently lives with his family in Norfolk.
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