The GDR History Museum on Feldstrasse in Perleberg is open again regularly. Gisela Freimark and her team kicked off this year’s season on Easter Saturday with a brand new exhibit. More than 20 posters from the past will become more visible on the second floor of the building. They deal with different subjects. These range from politics and the world of work to education and business.
GDR posters with different meanings
Posters often have meaningful text that is empowering but not overwhelming. They are general yet specific, typical of the propaganda and political influence of the time. “Most of the time people didn’t consciously notice the posters, but they were still hanging on every corner,” says Gisela Freimark. They have long been hidden in the architect’s closet. Now they are to be shown to the public for the first time in this form.
Gisela Freimark has a very personal connection with some of them. She remembers a meeting in consumption in the GDR, where a poster with the inscription “We work according to the Christine Holste method” was hung behind the saleswoman. “When I asked, no one could tell me exactly what it meant. I started to research,” says Gisela Freimark. It turned out that it meant pretty mundane things like friendliness and politeness.
Gisela Freimark gets support
“Often the posters were just there to put people in a good mood,” says Gisela Freimark. The transit routes were particularly frequented by posters. This also included today’s Federal Highway 5 through the Prignitz. The posters were pasted on advertising pillars along the street, but also in many public institutions such as schools or companies – they were found everywhere. And over the years, a few have joined the Freimark family.
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But not all posters sleep in the repository of the GDR History Museum by any means. “We tried to make a small selection,” explains Gisela Freimark. She received support from Frank Blüthmann and Dennis Schneider. The two men are two important assistants who have been placed by Pôle Emploi. “Without them, none of this would be possible here. Gisela Freimark therefore sincerely hopes to be able to count on their support for a long time to come.
DDR History Museum Season Begins
The new exhibition marks the beginning of an exciting period for the employees of the GDR History Museum. The premises had to remain closed for many weeks and months. From now on, they are open again every Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is €6 for adults and €3 for children. But despite the long shutdown, the work in the background continued steadily. “A lot has happened in the meantime,” says Gisela Freimark.
Students from Freie Universität Berlin have created a digital tour for the GDR History Museum. In addition, an expert is currently making an approximate inventory of the installation. “It’s not that easy. From the start, we broke with the usual museum concepts,” says Gisela Freimark. At the same time, she announces other projects that should follow in the near future.
By Marcus J Pfeiffer