East German Museum.. an experience that takes you back to the 20th century

 

East German Museum

Want to simulate life in East Germany, try out a Lada, or check out a street behind the Berlin Wall?

If the answer is yes, then you should visit the East German Museum, which is considered one of the most important museums in the German capital at the present time.

The museum interactively documents daily life in the former German Democratic Republic, which was controlled by the former Soviet Union for 40 years, and fell with the fall of the Berlin Wall, following a popular revolution against the communist regime in 1989.

The East German Museum is an example of the process of converting history into memory and giving it a new meaning, and it is located in the center of Berlin in the place of the East German government district, and it was opened for the first time in 2006.

The founding of this museum has a funny story.

The idea came to Peter Kinzelmann, a communications consultant from Freiburg, southern Germany, during a trip to Berlin with his girlfriend.


Peter Kinzelmann and his girlfriend


Kenselmann and his girlfriend, during a trip in Berlin at the beginning of the new millennium, searched for a museum that tells the story of East Germany, and they did not find any museum in the capital, and from here the communications advisor began the steps of establishing the museum.

In general, the museum focuses on the daily life of East German residents, in an enjoyable experience that prompts one to experience everything from the utensils used in this country to Russian Lada cars, and even the experience of being in a prison cell in East Berlin, or experiencing the experience of spying on citizens in the offices of the device Secret security.


Russian Lada cars

The museum experience also allows the visitor to sit on the furniture that was in East Germany, and listen to the television programs that were broadcast on this country's television.

However, some who lived in the former East Germany have criticized the museum, as it describes daily life in this country as strange, boring and ridiculous, and they see that their daily lives were not that bad, regardless of the brutality of the regime.


East German Museum
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