Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: Inside the former restricted military zone [37/65]



September 1990
Created By: Bernd Schmidt

License: Creative Commons License

From the Set

Brocken/Harz, September 1990

From the Set

The inner German border

As of August 1961 the Brocken summit (Wikipedia-Artikel, retrieved on 24 August 2009) was designated as a high-grade security zone and used by the Soviet military secret service and the East German Stasi for spying and surveillance purposes. On December 3 the border on the Brocken was reopened.


age, border wall, inner German border, man, nature, one person, watchtower


crowd, decoration, journey, prohibited area, soldier, Workers'-Peasants' Red Army


The Brocken

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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.