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#GDR #OTD 1957 – Production of Trabant P-50 begins at the VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke in Zwickau. (1)
The Trabant had a two-cylinder, two-stroke engine with only five moving parts and a body primarily created from Duroplast – a plastic strengthened with resin and fibers. (2)
3,096,099 Trabants were produced in Zwickau, East Germany between 1957 and 1991. (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1989 – Between 500,000 and a million people attend Alexanderplatz Demonstration in East Berlin (1)
New Forum and several artist groups organized the Alexanderplatz Demonstration to demand political reforms (2)
The Alexanderplatz demonstration brought together political dissidents, cultural elite and reformers from within SED (3)
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#GDR #OTD 2001 – Death of Thomas Brasch, East German playwright who challenged invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968
Poem by Thomas Brasch, a playwright who emigrated from the GDR to West Germany in 1976
What I have, I do not want to lose, but Where I am, I do not want to stay, but Who I love, I do not want to leave, but Those I know, I do not want to see, but Where I live, I do not want to die, but Where I die, there I do not want to go: I want to stay where I have never been.
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#GDR #OTD 1973 – Cornerstone of the Palace of the Republic – Palast der Republik – laid in East Berlin. (1)
Construction of the East Berlin Palast der Republik was completed in 1976; it opened in April that year. (2)
From 1976 to 1990, the Palast der Republik was home to the East German parliament, the Volkskammer (3)
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#GDR #OTD 2015 – Death of Günter Schabowski - best known for accidentally opening the Berlin Wall in 1989 (1)
Günter Schabowski began his career as a journalist working his way up to editor of Neues Deutschland, the Socialist Unity Party (SED) newspaper (2)
In 1985, Günter Schabowski was made First Secretary of East Berlin SED and voted into membership in the Politbüro (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1946 – Elections held in occupied Berlin – Soviet Zone Socialist Unity Party (SED) pitted against Western Social Democrats (SPD) for 1st time. (1)
Coerced merger of Communists (KPD) and SPD in 1946 created Socialist Unity Party (SED), but only in the Soviet Zone of Occupation. (2)
The leaders of the Socialist Unity Party thought they could use 1946 Berlin elections to demonstrate its democratic support among the German people (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1965 - Olympics recognizes GDR and allows separate East and West German teams at next Games. (1)
At first Olympic Games as an individual team, the GDR earns 1 Gold 2 Silver and 2 Bronze in Grenoble in 1968, 10th overall (2)
For more on East Germany's difficulties in gaining recognition as a separate and sovereign country, check out…
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#GDR #OTD 1949 – 70 years ago, the German Democratic Republic was founded from the Soviet Occupation Zone (1) #DDR70 #DDR70Jahre
30 years ago #otd, in 1989, the GDR celebrated its 40th anniversary. Here a parade attended by USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev (2)
On the Day of the Republic in 1989, police and Stasi suppressed mass demonstrations in Leipzig, but protests continued to grow regardless (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1989 – In effort to stop mass emigration, SED suspends visa free travel to Czechoslovakia from East Germany (1)
In Dresden, #otd in 1989, the arrival of train full of East German refugees from the Prague Embassy en route to West Germany sparks large demonstrations (2)
East German police in full riot gear dispersed protests at Dresden train station and arrested 1,300 in the process. (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1969 – Opening of Kulturpark Plänterwald – known today as Spreepark – in East Berlin. (1)
Kulturpark Plänterwald (Spreepark) had on average 1.7 Million visitors per year prior to 1989. (2)
Renamed Spreepark after 1989, the park went bankrupt in 2001 and is now a ruin popular amongst instagram photographers. (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1990 – The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist. (1)
Here are celebrations of German unification at the Bundestag in Berlin #otd in 1990. By contrast, an anti-unification demonstration in Frankfurt. (2)
On alternatives to German unification as it happened in 1990, check out:…
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#GDR #OTD 1953 – The paramilitary “Combat Groups of the Working Class” - Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse - is established in East Germany (1)
The Combat Groups created after 1953 uprising as a volunteer militia, recruited from factories and workplaces (2)
The largest deployment of Combat Groups came in 1961 with the construction of Berlin Wall; tasked with guarding the large workforce at the border. (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1990 – Miners occupy the “Mommel” mine shaft in Trusetal, East Germany to protest closures and layoffs (1)
Werra Mine in 1974 - Kali Kombinat mining a major East German employer esp. in Harz mountains - (2)
Restructuring and then privatization of Kali resulted in more than 8,000 miners laid off in 1990 alone with many more later (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1978 – Pastor Rolf Günther self-immolates in East German town of Falkenstein (1)
Unlike Oskar Brüsewitz two years earlier, Günther’s self-immolation not a political protest; actually part of a theological conflict within the church (2)
Rolf Günther’s suicide was apolitical but was still used by Stasi to crack down on church-based dissident groups (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1979 – Around 50 members of a church youth group organize to plant 5,000 trees and bushes in Schwerin (1)
This tree planting was one of first actions of the nascent independent environmental movement in East Germany (2)
GDR environmental movement increasingly politicized in 1980s and worked with dissidents and peace activists (3)
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#GDR #OTD 2010 – Death of East German artist, peace activist and dissident Bärbel Bohley (1)
Bohley trained as a painter; Käthe Kollwitz was inspiration; became a leading member of the peace movement (2)
In 1983, Bohley was imprisoned by the Stasi for six weeks accused of “treasonable information transmission” (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1978 – First German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn (r) launches into space aboard Soyuz 31 (1)
Crowds listening to reports of Sigmund Jähn’s spaceflight at the Weltzeituhr on Alexanderplatz, East Berlin #otd in 1978 (2)
East German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn on spaceflight "what I saw then was total happiness: Our Earth, in shining in bright blue. Just like a dream.” (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1962 – 18 year old bricklayer Peter Fechter is shot and killed while trying to cross the Berlin Wall (1)
Fechter screamed in pain lying in the death strip in East Berlin, but no help was sent from either side. It took an hour for him to bleed out. (2)
Jumping a 2m high section of the Berlin Wall Peter Fechter was shot in the pelvis. His friend Helmut Kulbeik got away. (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1961 – East German soldier Conrad Schumann defects across the still being built Berlin Wall. (1)
Conrad Schumann became a Cold War icon due to the photo of his escape, but he found life difficult as a celebrity in West Germany cut off from family (2)
After the end of the GDR Schumann said "Only since 9 November 1989 have I felt truly free." (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1956- Playwright Bertolt Brecht dies in East Berlin (1)
Blacklisted in Hollywood after WWII and under pressure from HUAC, Brecht returned to Europe in 1947 (2)
In 1949, he settled in East Berlin founding the Berliner Ensemble theater company with wife, the acclaimed actress Helene Weigel (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1961 – Construction of Berlin Wall begins - it will stand for the next 28 years dividing the city and standing as a symbol of the Cold War divide in Europe. (1)
Berlin had already been divided into four occupied sectors at the end of WWII, and effectively into two cities in 1949, but thousands still commuted daily across the East-West border until 1961
A huge outflow of refugees from East Germany to the West, as well as problems with currency controls and daily border-crossers, prompted the construction of the Berlin Wall (3)
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#GDR #OTD 1973 – The 10th World Festival of Youth and Students opens in East Berlin (1)
Thousands of visitors to the East Berlin World Festival of Youth came from abroad, most from developing nations (2)
World Festival of Youth and Students in 1973 slogan "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship" (3)
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1/8 My favorite #quote by #JosephStalin, which explains the scientific, #DialecticalMaterialist explanation of true freedom in material reality, not just as an abstract ideal. #StalinIsBack #StalinLives #JVStalin #Stalin #StalinQuote #StalinQuotes #Truth #MELS #MarxismLeninism
2/8 Having an #objective, #rational, #ScientificSocialist, #Dialectical, & #Materialist viewpoint allows us to accurately see & evaluate & analyze #Truth & #Reality as they truly materially exist in this universe.
3/8 An idealistic, dogmatic viewpoint, which capitalists have, however, makes one irrational enough to 'see' freedom where freedom stays trapped on a piece of paper while people are oppressed in their actual lived lives.
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#GDR #OTD 1961 – Construction of Berlin Wall begins - it will stand for the next 28 years. (1)
Berlin was already a divided city, but thousands still commuted daily across the East-West border until 1961 (2)
A huge outflow of refugees from East Germany to the West, as well as problems with currency controls and daily border crossers, prompted the construction of the Berlin Wall (3)
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