Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: A cheerful get-together [62/65]



March 1 - June 30 1990
Trebbin-Schönhagen, Schönhagen airfield
Created By: Archiv Stefan Diepenbrock

License: Not Creative Commons

In spring 1990, Stefan Diepenbrock from West Berlin got his pilot's licence at the Schönhagen airfield in the GDR. He wasn't the only Western trainee pilot to do so. And thanks to the general confusion at the time, it was possible to have the pilot's licence accredited in the Federal Republic.

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Beer, celebration, group of people


airfield, plane, vocational education


Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik



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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.