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Business is business. This fact, as well as the desire to attract tourists from the west, was the basis of the business of Robert Rückel and Peter Kenzelman, who, on their own initiative, retained a particle of their country's past, opening in 2006 a private GDR Museum in Germany.
Success came unexpectedly quickly - already in 2008 he received the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award in the category of private museums. Now the museum is located on Karl Liebknecht Street, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. After expanding in 2010 on a small, only 400 m2, area of their museum, which has the full name of Life and Everyday Life of the Departed State, the organizers tried to show everything that the German people lived in this state, which lasted only 41 years.
The exposition begins with a luxury item that every inhabitant of the GDR should have dreamed about - the Trabant car. The museum is fully interactive, and therefore you can sit in this plastic car, imagining yourself in the place of a German worker, who has finally waited for the line for this miracle of socialist technology.
The whole exposition in the form of a typical East German apartment is dedicated to the everyday life of the people. With cabinets, bedside tables, kitchen tables, etc. Each cabinet or drawer can be opened and you can see what's inside, hold in your hands those household items, clothes, books, household appliances that were used by residents of the GDR. You can even turn on the TV and watch 1970 TV shows.
All expositions are grouped by topic - there are expositions dedicated to youth, leisure, education, German women. All this, as it was then accepted, is abundantly flavored with ideological advertising. Here is everything that a citizen of a socialist country should have been proud of.
But there is also an exposition telling about the history of the Berlin Wall, about the methods of work of the Stasi with a lot of photo documents. All that the average resident of the GDR preferred not to know. Here a visitor can visit a prison cell, sit at the table of a high-ranking functionary and even participate in falsified “elections”.
A visit to the museum leaves a mixed impression. And as if to top off the museum’s exposition, you can visit the nearby Domklause restaurant in the GDR style, where under the wall panel “Praise to Communism” you can taste authentic GDR dishes of those years. And in the silence of the restaurant, the thought creeps in, that in fact it is a museum of the outgoing era of militaristic sociality, which there will still be many on our planet.