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Since the beginning of the 1980s, women in the GDR have come together in informal circles to express themselves politically. They openly opposed the GDR's rearmament policy, while others complained about the discrimination experienced by lesbians. From the beginning, many of these groups criticized the situation of women in the GDR and cast doubt on the state's doctrine of equal rights for women.

For their commitment, many of them were persecuted by state security and were often exposed to social ostracism. Numerous testimonies from the East German women's movement are now kept in the archives of the GDR opposition.

The opening of the exhibition “Together we are unbearable” at the Stasi headquarters. Campus for Democracy will address the spectrum of the independent women's movement in the GDR and look to Poland, where women played a key role in the Solidarity movement and continue to take to the streets in large numbers today for their rights.


5:30 p.m. | Guided tour through the archive of the GDR opposition | Meeting point in front of “Haus 22”
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6:30 p.m. | Exhibition opening | "House 22"
  • Alexandra Titze, Vice President in the Federal Archives for the Stasi Records Archive
  • Dr. Henrik Bispinck, Head of Public Relations Robert Havemann Society e. v.
  • Ulrike Rothe, curator of the exhibition “Together we are unbearable”
  • Podium
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike E. Auga, cultural and religious scientist, published on feminist theology in the GDR
  • Christiane Dietrich, initiated a survey on sexual violence in the 1980s
  • Samirah Kenawi, founder of the “Grauzone” archive on the East German women’s movement
  • Jennifer Ramme, cultural scientist and movement researcher
  • Moderation: Katrin Gottschalk, deputy editor-in-chief of the taz

8:00 p.m. | Reception and exhibition tour | Foyer "House 22"

The exhibition “Together we are unbearable” can be viewed from January 12th to February 11th in House 7 (room 030) of the Stasi headquarters. Campus for Democracy can be visited.

“Together we are unbearable” is an exhibition by the Agency for Education, History and Politics. V. and was supported with funds from the Federal Foundation for Coming to terms with the SED Dictatorship, the Brandenburg State Center for Political Education and the State Commissioner for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for coming to terms with the SED Dictatorship.

Organizer: An event organized by the Robert Havemann Society. V. and the Stasi documents archive in the Federal Archives.
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