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Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: Potsdam in August and November 1989 [53/56]

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August 1 - November 30 1989
Potsdam, Gutenbergstraße; Hermann-Elflein-Straße; Dortustraße; Brandenburger Straße and vicinity
Duration: 04:39 min.
Created By: Carsten Linke

License: Not Creative Commons

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Facades

Video footage of Potsdam city center, documenting the derelict state and demolition of the building on Dortu Strasse 68, which from 1854 - 1856 was the residence of writer Theodor Storm; footage documenting the protest in the Potsdam city center on 7 October 1989

Places

Potsdam

Text in image

Gutenbergstr.

Seit / 1912. Tel. / 5275

Flaschen

Schröder

Kunst/handlung

Dreimäderlhaus

Schloß / Bräu

Other items in this set

Ultimately, it was the citizens of the GDR themselves who brought down the SED regime. From the summer of 1989 on, thousands of East Germans tried to flee to the West across the Hungarian-Austrian border and via the West German embassies in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw. In East Germany itself, ever greater numbers of people supported the demands of the citizens' movements for free elections, freedom of the press, and freedom to travel, despite their fear of state repression. In October, mass protests, which now involved hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, spread across the entire country. Aware that their protest could no longer be stopped, people increasingly felt a desire to capture events on film.