Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: A camper with a sign greeting West German citizens [8/65]



December 24 1989
Federal road from Magdeburg to Halberstadt, at the last parking lot on the left
Created By: Detlef Wilck

License: Creative Commons License

From the Set

A Caravan in Halberstadt, 24 December 1989


caravan, handmade medium, signboard, welcome gift


barbed wire fence, border checkpoint, caravan, Christmas, construction of the Wall, family, father, friend, inner German border, joy, member of the People's Police, street, Trabant (car), Wartburg (car), welcome gift


Federal Defence Force, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev


Halberstadt, Magdeburg

Text in image

Wir begrüßen die Bürger / aus der BRD / und laden zu einem kostenlosen / Imbiß ein!

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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.