Exhibition theme: A Semblance of Normalcy: A GST camp attendee [10/19]



July 1989
Storkow (Mark)
Created By: Christer Markgraf

License: Creative Commons License

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Military Training Camp in Storkow, On the Outskirts of Berlin, Summer 1989

An attendee of a GST (Society for Sport and Technology) army camp (translated and retrieved from Wikipedia-Artikel, on July 6, 2009), an East German paramilitary youth organization that carried out government-mandated early military training in cooperation with the NVA (National People's Army)


coat of arms, gun, man, one person, poster, youth


army, education, gun, school, sport, vocational education, youth, youth organisation


Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik, National People's Army


Storkow (Mark)

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Many people who experienced the final summer of SED rule in East Germany recall how fragile reality seemed at the time. The incongruity between the way normal citizens experienced reality and the way it was perceived by GDR leaders was all too apparent. People were increasingly articulating this discrepancy. Minor concessions, as in the case of travel, for instance, were intended to improve the mood within the population. Rising protest against living conditions continued to be nipped in the bud. That summer nobody could have imagined that the dream of freedom would soon be reality.

Original Caption

"GST camp for 11th graders of Friedrich List High School, Berlin Pankow. Posed photo."