Sonntag, 9. Mai 2010

Encounter with German-German history

Where? --> Museum Grenzhus, Schlagsdorf, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania / Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
(For further information about Museum Grenzhus click on the link.)

Germany, 1949 - 1990.

During the existence of the GDR (German Democratic Republic) - (DDR- Deutsche Demokratische Republik in German) about 1000 of its citicens were shot at the inner German border. 

Families, relatives and friends were separated from each other.

At German reunification, on October 3, 1990, the Länder (states) of East Germany were integrated as new federal states to the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Moreover, the German Democratic Republic was disestablished after the Communist government, of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), lost the general election on March 18, 1990, and thus its parliamentary majority in the Volkskammer (People’s Chamber); subsequently, on August 23, 1990, the Volkskammer re-established the five pre-war states - Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia (disestablished in 1952) — for the reunification of East Germany to West Germany.

 The Museum Grenzhus at Schlagsdorf, in cooperation with the former Federal Border Police (BGS), reconstructed the barricades and blocking facilities of the former inner German borderline in every single detail, at a location about 100 m from it's original place. 

In the outside facilities of the Museum Grenzhus you can find:
  • an accessible watchtower
  • a concrete observation bunker
  • a dog trace
  • a column way with trace guarding stripe
  • a locking ditch for motor vehicles
  • metal grid fence
  • signal fence with a gateway
  • control shelter
  • customs shelter
  • concrete elements of the Wall

Former concrete elements of the wall (left photo) built up during the 1960's and the first Berlin Wall put up 13.08.1961 (right photo).

 Fortunately these days are over.

1 Kommentar:

  1. Guten Tag! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog: this pictures are amazing! Where are you located, if I might ask? I'm in Luxembourg (close to many of these sites--and it looks like I need to do even more traveling)!