GDR / East Germany

Berlin was as busy as ever in 2015, and 11 issues of Exberliner have the proof. Among all our stories, these are the ones that stood out. Read our list and see if you agree. Is there something we missed? Let us know your faves in the comments. more

Jan 6, 2016 2:00 PM Features

Ever wonder what it was like to be a Jew in East Germany? After fleeing Nazi Germany as a child, Salomea Genin returned to live in East Berlin, expecting a utopia free of anti-Semitism – an illusion that would soon shatter. more

Dec 9, 2015 11:00 AM People

Where were you when the Wall fell? The GDR teenagers at the time certainly remember. Join us and dir. Anke Ertner for a screening of the contemplative and emotional "Generation 89" next Wed (Aug 26, 20:30) at Lichtblick Kino. more

Aug 19, 2015 4:00 PM Film

Ever wondered about the sites AND smells of GDR thoroughfare Karl-Marx-Allee? New book "Central Berlin, DDR Limited" delivers just that. Subscribe to our newsletter by Thursday for a chance to win your very own copy! more

May 11, 2015 2:00 PM The Best of Berlin

District Berlin's latest exhibition features work from nine different artists, including Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo, whose documentary film Past Present Tense looks at race in Germany from the GDR to now. See it starting Fri, Apr 24 at Malzfabrik. more

Apr 23, 2015 3:00 PM Film

John Riceburg: Are you a left-wing extremist?

A new study says that 60 percent of Germans don't think the country is a real democracy and 20 percent think that we need a revolution. Is Germany going extremist? John Riceburg looks at the numbers – and helps you test yourself. more

Mar 4, 2015 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

INTERVIEW. Adapting Clemens Meyer’s Leipzig-based novel for the screen, Andreas Dresen looks at the dreams of a group of young people pre- and post-Wende in Als wir träumten (As we were dreaming). It hits Berlin cinemas Feb 26. more

Feb 26, 2015 1:15 PM Film

Ostalgie? No way. Exploring the lives of homosexuals under the GDR, our very special EXBlicks screening of "Out in East Berlin" (Dec 16, 20:30) at Lichtblick Kino sees a Q&A with director Jochen Hick and complimentary wine. Don't miss! more

Dec 10, 2014 1:25 PM Film

Although it's been 25 years since the capitalist system reigned victorious, there are still a few folks out there who long for the bygone era of the socialist state. Here's a rundown of where you can exercise your selective memory. more

Nov 24, 2014 4:45 PM , , Zeitgeist

Life in the GDR was not all Spreewaldgurken and flowery wallpaper. The socialist dictatorship’s Zwangsadoption (forced adoption) programme separated thousands of children from their parents. Katrin Behr was one of them. more

Nov 7, 2014 5:10 PM People

Vietnamese Berlin beyond the stereotypes, the Wall 25 years later and filmmaker Laura Poitras on eight days with Edward Snowden... on newsstands now! more

Nov 3, 2014 12:45 PM Features 1 Comments

OUT NOW! ANDERSON artfully documents the confrontation of the titular artist and Stasi-informant, leaving the audience to ponder the intricacies of betrayal. more

Sep 30, 2014 11:00 AM Film

Keeping up with our focus on big-brotherdom, this month’s special-edition EXBlicks at Lichtblick Kino (Thu, Sep 25, 8:30pm) features a unique programme of Stasi vault films and a very special chat with Stasi Memorial director Hubertus Knabe. more

Sep 23, 2014 11:15 AM , Film

INTERVIEW. Head of the Stasi prison memorial Hubertus Knabe knows a thing or two about state surveillance. He’s suing the NSA for spying on Germans. Catch him at Lichtblick Kino on Sep 25, 8:30pm for a special screening featuring rare Stasi films. more

Sep 18, 2014 11:45 AM People

The Bowie exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau opened on May 20! But are you already sick of all the Bowie hype (that we had a hand in as well)? One of our own was sick of it long ago. Jacob Sweetman won't have his disdain contained. more

May 20, 2014 10:30 AM Music & nightlife 8 Comments

Amok Mama: Ten things I love about Germany

Jacinta was going to say something about racism today, but then she realized she was tired of that and maybe it's a job for someone else for the time being. So here's a list instead. more

Mar 24, 2014 10:45 AM The Berlin Blog 18 Comments

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Photo by MDR/DOKfilm/Thomas Uhlemann

Seymour Gris: Springsteen in East Berlin

The Boss hit the GDR in a massive 1988 concert in East Berlin. But how influential really was this massive rock spectacle? Probably more so than anything ever said by US president Ronald Reagan. more

Jan 28, 2014 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Dan Borden on two endangered sources of GDR fun: the former central zoo of East Berlin, Tierpark, and the seemingly forever-in-limbo Spreepark. more

Oct 17, 2013 12:00 PM Film

When the world stood on the brink of nuclear war, Stasi agent Rainer Rupp was the man passing on information that arguably prevented WWIII. more

Jan 3, 2013 11:00 AM People

Is your goth side going through political crisis? Why not reconcile at the resting place of the communist dead
. Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde not only pays homage to communism’s fallen heroes, but reminds us of the grimmer aspects as well. more

Nov 20, 2012 11:00 AM The Best of Berlin

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