As part of our leisure and culture program, last Thursday we visited the DDR-Museum, to improve our German and to learn something about the history of Germany. Here we give you the most important facts and German words that you have learned during the trip. We hope you enjoyed the visit of the museum and are looking forward to our next cultural program with you after the German intensive course.
The GDR (German Democratic Republic = DDR) was founded in 1949 in the soviet occupation zone and was an own republic until the German reunification in 1990. It was a socialistic dictatorship of the socialistic SED party and had a lot of economic troubles during its years. Life in the GDR used to be very different from life in the FRG (Federal Republic of Germany). The salaries and prices were strictly defined by the country. Western import products (especially bananas and coffee) were hard to get. The prices of products stayed practically the same over the years, but the salaries rose at the same time. The ministry for national security (MfS, Stasi) used to spy on the citizens in order to find political opponents. Already during child education it was the main goal of the Government to shape the people to fit into the pattern of socialistic people. Almost 90% of the national elite positions were run by people of the SED.
|Die Bundesrepublik Deutschand (BRD)||FederalRepublic of Germany (FRG)|
|Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR)||German Democratic Republic (GDR)|
|Die Partei||Political party|
|Die Staatssicherheit||National security|
|Der zweite Weltkrieg||Second worldwar|
|Die Kindererziehung||Child education|
|Der Plattenbau||building made from prefabricated slabs|