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In the German papers this week: Vexing and perplexing news stories from Berlin and beyond... more

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Danish writer Aske Hald Knudstrup attempts to get to the root of the GDR’s peculiar obsession with his country’s “Olsen Gang” comedies. more

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At a brewpub out in Marzahn, a carpenter turned chef cooks up hearty German classics and bar snacks that provide the perfect accompaniment to freshly brewed craft beer. more

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Political philosopher and author Joseph Vogl on how conservatives have been fostering xenophobia since decades before the AfD. more

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A compelling cast of real-live characters narrates the Gorki's new GDR documentary piece Atlas of Communism. Catch it with English surtitles Jan 24 and 25. more

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Everybody has an opinion about Andrej Holm, but it depends a lot on what you thought about the capitalist orgy of Berlin's housing situation before. more

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INTERVIEW! Gay, conservative and embroiled in international politics, the story of Mario Röllig is a compelling one, in all its ambiguity. EXBlicks screens documentary "The GDR Complex" with director Jochen Hick at Lichtblick Kino on Nov 7 at 20:30 more

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Kids from Syria rescue a famous Ossi school, winning over locals' acceptance and affection deep in reputedly refugee-adverse Brandenburg. A Merkel refugee integration dream come true? Ruth Schneider drove up to Golzow and checked the reality of it. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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