Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: In the former border strip [2/65]



March 21 - June 21 1990
Near Berlin
Created By: Hartmut Kieselbach

License: Creative Commons License

Between the Berlin Wall (right) and the Hinterlandmauer (inner Eastern Wall) (left)


Berlin Wall (East), border strip, child, family, group of people, inner-Eastern Wall, woman


Other places (Berlin)

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.

Original Caption

"This is a picture of my wife and our two young sons standing between the two walls. While I was taking the picture, I had the crazy thought that they had perhaps overlooked a mine in the sand when clearing the area. That's when a James Bond like flutter of reckless disregard for safety crept up on me."