Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: An invitation to West German citizens [9/65]



December 24 1989
Highway from Magdeburg to Halberstadt, on the last car park on the left side of the street
Created By: Detlef Wilck

License: Creative Commons License

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A Caravan in Halberstadt, 24 December 1989

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The inner German border

"Wir begrüßen die Bürger aus der BRD und laden zu einem kostenlosen Imbiss ein!" ("Greeting West German citizens, we invite you to partake in a free snack!")


caravan, handmade medium, signboard


barbed wire fence, border checkpoint, 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! / 100 m Bürgerinitiative

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.