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GDR cameras: behind the iron shutter curtain

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GDR cameras: a passion celebrated and retold. Photo: Tom Wynne

It was as if the cameras, alone in these rooms, had been multiplying like rabbits or, really, beetles. Black shiny beetles chirping away just for me.

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DOK Preview: discover DEFA and GDR films

in History/Movies by
Vintage camera. (Photo: public domain)

The history of the film studio mirrors that of Germany itself.

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French White Dinner, Grünau style

in Arts/Food/Outdoors by

How do you find your friends in a busy park? Have everyone wear white. And bring food.

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A literary treasure hunt around Leipzig

in Culture / Entertainment/Leipzig by

Our intrepid reporter Helena Fram interviewed Siegfried Lokatis, Professor in Book Science (Buchwissenschaft) at the University of Leipzig, on convincing shops around Leipzig to do something a little different: putting historic books in their display windows to run parallel with the Leipziger Buchmesse.

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Bridge of Spies

in Culture / Entertainment/Movies/Reviews by

Steven Spielberg’s latest movie stars Tom Hanks as an Atticus Finch-type character defending a marginalized person in American society: in this case a suspected Soviet spy in the Cold War era. You can catch the movie at Leipzig’s Luru Kino tonight.

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Guide to Conversing with East Germans

in Culture / Entertainment/History/Opinion by

Behind the cosy façade of my FRG-passport lies concealed a bubbling volcano of emotion. I am tired of being complimented for Willy Brandt’s Ostpolitik. I am tired of being asked how I feel about winning the World Cup four times. And I am tired of hearing the words Stasi and Plattenbau.

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