DDR Museum
 

DDR Museum

The German Democratic Republic, or Deutsche Demokratische Republik, was, like all the "people's republics" of the Communist block, not very democratic and therefore not very republican either. Thanks to the chains of Soviet central planning, one can even argue if the "German" part really is applicable. Either way, the former DDR is no more and Germany is once again whole. Just in case anyone gets nostalgic though, the DDR museum will take you back to the old days.

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

2011-04-08 11:02

Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

2011-04-08 11:02

Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

A typical East German kitchen.

Worker's locker. The photos are either family photos or photos from the "worker brigade" that the locker's owner was part of. Spending time with your brigade mates was encouraged by the state - probably as a way of keeping people in the fold.

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

DDR car factory simulation.

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

In the museum is a game where you get to be the director of a car factory; the purpose of the game was to show why the economy of the DDR tanked. You get to decide how to handle theft of materials, your superiors in the Communist bureaucracy, and much more. As this screen proves, with me at the helm, DDR would have been successful. However: I chose a hard-core capitalist approach. I sacked any non-productive person, outsourced production like crazy so I insulated myself from having to keep the workers happy, underpromised to my superiors and in general did what the automobile industry does today.

Interrogation by the STASI[a]. An interrogation of a dissident is played back in speakers set in the table. In order to hear, you put your elbows on the speaker plates and your hands over your ears. The sound propagates through your lower arm, making the palm vibrate like speaker membranes; and making you look like a broken person. It is quite ingenious.

Interrogation by the STASI.

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

DDR prison cell.

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Berlin 2011, DDR Museum

This is what awaited you after the interrogation. The next step would be your death[b].

[a]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi

[b]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi#Executions_of_dissidents