East Germany Revisited
Resources on the German Democratic Republic bzw.
die Neue Bundesländer
Introduction to Patriotic German Musicology
MIDI file of the GDR National anthem,
Auferstanden aus Ruinen (4 KB).
Rare recording in MP3 format of the GDR anthem's music and
words together (2.8 MB).
The words (in German and in English) to the
first verse of the GDR anthem.
Link to words and music for the FRG's anthem,
Das Deutschlandlied (music in RealAudio format).
Web Sites, Research Centers, & Library Collections
German News -- The Newsletter of the Eastern German Studies Group
The DEFA Film Library at the University
Special Collections at Stanford University
Subject: Hanns Eisler -- Web site honoring the student of Arnold
Schönberg who composed the GDR's national anthem
Universities in the New Federal States
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Freitag is the post-Wende successor
to the GDR's excellent cultural weekly Sonntag.
Christoph Hein is a co-publisher.
Also try the Berliner Zeitung's Kiosk Page, with links to German newspapers, magazines, and TV broadcasters.
Some Other Eastern German newspapers online:
There's no more DDR-1 and Der schwarze Kanal lives only in infamy,
but if you want that old-time thrill of pointing your antenna West,
sit back, open a Radeberger Pils, and watch
Die Tagesschau on RealAudio.
Lesson One: The Trabant
Lesson Two: The German Language
Comparative Dictionary of Neufünfländisch and Bundesdeutsch
"Damit auch Wessis in Zukunft nicht immer so unwissend danebenstehen,
wenn sich 2 Ossis unterhalten"
Lesson Three: Ostalgia
For a Western version, here is an interesting
memoir of one American man's visits to the East.
(I should write one of these sometime....)
Here is a fantastic photo-essay
by Ulrich Wüst showing Berlin (East of course) during its transformation
throughout the 1990s. Find a broadband connection and look at the whole thing. Annett Gröschner, a
Kommilitonin of mine in Frank Hörnigk's Heiner Müller seminar in 1988, has written an
on Wüst's Berlin photography, and about the quick, nearly total disappearance of a city that
was so long on ice. (She also has a recent novel on that theme.)
I'll bet you miss Erich Honecker. Here's a
page full of useless
information about Honecker and his era of "unsr' Deutsch'
Demokratsche Rebbublik." It includes this surprising
picture of Onkel Erich with "Spitzbart" (Walter Ulbricht) in happier days.
Lesson Four: Politics
The former-Socialist Unity Party (SED) is very, very sorry about
Stalinism and all that. As the Partei
des demokratischen Sozialismus (PDS)
it promises to uphold the bourgeois constitution and put
Gregor Gysi on TV a lot.
Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
is very, very sorry about promising the East "blühenden Landschaften"
back in 1990. It promises "blühenden Landschaften" in the East
if it ever gets re-elected. The Party also denies ever having been led
by Helmut Kohl, Germany's largest and most unapologetic money launderer.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD)
is very, very sorry that it was out of power for so long. Under Gerhard
Schroeder and his current wife, the SPD promises to remind the CPU
who Helmut Kohl was, and to try to forget who Gregor Gysi is.
Bündnis 90 / Die Grüne
has no need to apologize for anything. Indeed, Green Foreign Minister
Joschka Fischer apparently feels that his youthful experience as a
violent lefty uniquely suits him to negotiate with Yassir Arafat.
Um, the Freie Demokratische Partei
may lack a charismatic,
impressively Hitleresque leader like France's
or Austria's Jörg Haider
but their website is a hoot.
Check it out. Too bad most people educated enough to use a computer
don't want to be Neo-Nazis.
Lesson Five: Geography
These sites provide information about cities:
Or search Städteseiten Deutschland.
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Page created March 14, 1998; last updated 25 June 2001.