The East German Handbook (Das DDR Handbuch)

The East German Handbook (Das DDR Handbuch)

The East German collection of the Wende Museum. Die DDR-Sammlung des WendemuseumsArts and Artifacts from te GDR.Kunst und Alltagsgegenstände aus der DDRThis special two-language edition comes with texts both in English and German.For 40 years, the Cold War dominated the world stage. East and West Germany stood at the frontlines of the global confrontation, symbolized by th...

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Title:The East German Handbook (Das DDR Handbuch)
Author:Justinian Jampol
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Edition Language:English

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  • Michael Scott

    + Book about the Wende Museum (the German Reintegration Museum) in... L. A., California, USA.

    +++ Excellent source material for that day when I will make a game about the horrors of communism.

    + The usual assortment of goods, objects, (East-German) Communist paraphenalia, all of which would be well known to the former Eastern Bloc resident. They will also see familiar to, but their meaning could easily be lost on, the Western visitor to Vommunist-themed musea in current Berlin. How can you unders

    + Book about the Wende Museum (the German Reintegration Museum) in... L. A., California, USA.

    +++ Excellent source material for that day when I will make a game about the horrors of communism.

    + The usual assortment of goods, objects, (East-German) Communist paraphenalia, all of which would be well known to the former Eastern Bloc resident. They will also see familiar to, but their meaning could easily be lost on, the Western visitor to Vommunist-themed musea in current Berlin. How can you understand the meaning of a life in plastic? (Hint: there were too few natural resources in East Germany, so the manufacturing industry had to make due with plastics, which thus acquired Party backing and became a preferred material in public discourse.)

    ++ Some of the better material, covering the movement of people inside East Germany and, for the chief-informants and Stachanovist-workers (uber-workers, Employee of the Year type) in the Eastern Bloc, including to (the now defunct) USSR, (the now defunct) Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. (For the Romanian in me: there was even room for a Cotnari ad!)

    +++ Excellent, succint text explaining various aspects of life under the Communist regime in East Germany. Some of the text covers aspects little known to the outsider, such as the intra-culture revolution when coffee got rationed (1977, due to a drop of produce in the world coffee market), the personal and work-collective scrapbooks, the ubiquitous hope in lotto (state lottery), the maps carefully crafted to avoid the Western locations and names, the state fight for IP rights on the Lufthansa name, the surprisingly good technology and especially computer (Robotron) programmes (but the book does not acknowledge the level of intellectual theft this technology was built on), etc.

    ++ We also get the boad-strokes through which the Central Planning Bureau, more or less subservient to the Russian regime, was trying to control the small-world of East Germany: the internal police, the state-controlled arts and crafts, the (re)building program that brought everyone to the city (surprisingly, against Russian desire to make Germany a country of peasants, thus unable to start a new world war), the armed forces hidden behind the guise of peace, the depiction of American imperialism, the focus on sports (and, like the 2000s Russia, on state-sponsored doping), etc.

    -- The murderous regime gets a bit of a free-ride, and the dark undertones appear only when the book addresses the ubiquitous alcoholism and personal hide-outs available to (pseudo-)intellectuals.

  • Nooilforpacifists

    A fantastic addition to anyone’s coffee table, this 800-page book is stuffed with pictures from the Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. The contents are organized by theme: everything from food to erotika, to cars (the centerfold is a Trabi, not a half-naked women), to politics, to the Stasi. Captions are in English and German.

    The (two-language) essays at the start are perhaps the book’s greatest surprise: the works come from the DDR Museum established in Los Angeles, to preserve the Ossi “junk”

    A fantastic addition to anyone’s coffee table, this 800-page book is stuffed with pictures from the Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. The contents are organized by theme: everything from food to erotika, to cars (the centerfold is a Trabi, not a half-naked women), to politics, to the Stasi. Captions are in English and German.

    The (two-language) essays at the start are perhaps the book’s greatest surprise: the works come from the DDR Museum established in Los Angeles, to preserve the Ossi “junk” that likely would have been bagged or sent to junkyards.

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