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Exhibition theme: Protest and Flight: Founding place of the Neues Forum movement in Zeuthen [7/56]

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1989
Zeuthen
Created By: Joachim Stoff

License: Creative Commons License

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First Meeting Place of the New Forum in Zeuthen, Autumn 1989

Depicts

animal, bench, meeting, nature

Context

book, criticism, environmentalism, meeting, priest

People/Organizations

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, Ministry for State Security, New Forum

Places

Zeuthen

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