Exhibition theme: Encounters and Explorations: On Glienicke Bridge [17/65]



December 1989
Potsdam, Glienicke Bridge
Created By: Dagmar Lipper

License: Creative Commons License

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A reunion with friends from the GDR on the Glienicke Bridge, December 1989

Friends of the photographer on the West side of Glienicke Bridge, that was once again open to people from the GDR for the first time since 1961. It was opened on 10 November 1989. A Potsdam place-sign is in the background on the right


coat of arms of the German Democratic Republic, group of people, traffic sign


castle, Christian Church, Christmas, father, freedom of travel, friend, priest, visit, youth


Glienicke Bridge, Glienicke Bridge border crossing

Text in image

Deutsche Demokratische Republik / Potsdam

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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.