Life in DDR
March 1, 2012 § 8 Comments
Located right across the Berliner Dom on the River Spree, it was the playful DDR Museum where visitors can have a hands-on experience to see how life was under dictatorship. I’m sure this museum isn’t interesting for someone who lived through his childhood in the East Germany, but for me, it was a really fun place to spend a few hours… and it was also one of the few places that opened for business on Christmas’s Eve.
This exhibition is really cool for how they display every information. You get to see the object up close, or even touch some of the display. There was an old car by the exhibition entrance (which was a very popular model in the DDR) and visitors could get inside, take the driver’s seat and turn the key. Then the screen in front would play a video of the street as if you were driving the car on the street in east Germany. Right, it wasn’t top notch technology, but hey, it’s not bad to enjoy some kitschy tourist thing from time to time.
Besides models of the Berlin Wall, and prison cells, this museum was all about people’s life in the old days. Lots of stories were told with the help of these display items. Visitors could open lots of drawers and closets, and found some old objects insides: household items, popular food brands and even clothing. It was like opening a gift box, you never know what’s behind it! This definitely encourage people of all age to get involved and learn some history. I then walked into a typical East Germany apartment. It was on the petit size with an old fashioned sofa, a small coffee table, white table cloth with floral edging. Of course the TV was playing some DDR propaganda.
There was a film playing inside the museum. Some East Germany’s residents were interviewed and they were asked about what they think about the living situation. Most people said they wished to have better shopping options, some people said their apartment were in a reasonable size, a few even said life was not bad…… surely government’s propaganda.
The interactiveness of DDR museum was so awesome, and it almost made life in East Germany seems fun. I made a video clip to show how they display stories of some general stationary. You could touch the “shadow” of every item, and then some info would pop up on the touch-screen-table. Sorry for the poor quality, but you get the point.