Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: Stalls in Greifswald [19/65]



May 24 1990
Greifswald, Marketplace
Created By: Dagmar Lipper

License: Creative Commons License

From the Set

Exploratory trips to East Germany

Stalls at the marketplace in Greifswald; the Magnet department store in the background; the townhall to the right


car, group of people, logo, market place, merchandize, trade (commerce), warehousing


deterioration, journey, landscape, leisure time



Text in image

Kaufhaus Magnet

Other items in this set

Freedom of travel made it possible for people to spontaneously visit friends and family together. These visits were captured on film, too. Many took advantage of the opportunity to explore the unknown country in the West or the East. Curiosity was not limited to sightseeing. There was also a great interest in people living in the other part of Germany, and in creating a sense of community. Partnerships between towns and cities were established and revived, and associations in both East and West organized meetings. Many longstanding friendships were formed in this period when curiosity was such a potent force.

Original Caption

"People were selling the cheapest Aldi yogurts at the market in Greifswald for 1 or 2 Deutsch Marks. I sometimes thought that if I didn't have any qualms about flogging cheap Western products, I'd be able to make a nice little bit of extra pocket money for myself."