culture-images - Pictures of Art and Cultural History



    Politics
    Images of sessions in the "Volkskammer" politicians at conferences and meetings.

    International
    State visits from abroad and visits by GDR politicians to other states; international events in the GDR.

    People
    Portraits of well-known and less well-known contemporaries. Marlene Dietrich during her visit to the GDR, Erich Honecker with Fidel Castro at sea and on German ground.

    Rallies
    Major rallies before 1989 and demonstrations 1990-1993.

    Symbols
    The regime's insignias - from its rise to its decline

    Military
    Deployment, parades, cosmonauts and uniforms

    Berlin
    The capital of the GDR and reunified city since 1989

    Country and towns
    The province and all town images except Berlin

    Sports
    Excellence in all sporting disciplines was the declared aim of the state


    GDR IMAGES OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

    The data base now also includes photos from the GDR picture archive. It covers the times of the GDR as a state, but also documents the exciting transition period around the time of reunification, as well as the associated phenomena in respect to great social and economic changes up to 1993.

    The pictures were originally made for the party organ "Neues Deutschland" ("New Germany"). They may be used for editorial purposes and commercial products. Use for advertising purposes, also of political nature, must first be clarified with the culture-images picture editor.

    Rather than carrying out a full-text search, you can delve into history by searching in the respective galleries.




    Agriculture
    Operation of LPGs (agricultural production cooperatives) in the province

    Construction, reconstruction and dismantling
    The construction industry and its workers at work

    Industry and production
    Work was a popular motive, industrial production a matter of national pride, the VEB the manifestation of the socialistic ideology

    Transport
    Trabants, tractors, trains, helicopters, airplanes, ships, etc.

    The country and its people
    Men and women from the street

    Daily life
    Everyday themes such as shopping, washing, care

    Children
    Nurseries, kindergartens, day-care

    Youth
    Organisation of the youth through the FDJ

    Leisure time
    The working people's everyday and Sunday activities

    Culture
    Art, crafts, music, literature, dance and acting

    The turning point
    Remarkable images of the events around 1989 and the years that followed