Actors of Transformation in Berlin and Brandenburg after 1989
The transformation process in East Germany as a result of the Peaceful Revolution is more controversial than ever 30 years after unification. The comprehensive upheavals from dictatorship and planned economy to constitutional state, democracy and market economy were unprecedented. All those involved broke new ground at the time.
Despite all the successes, the debate about the transformation years today is dominated by reports of losses experienced, uncertainties and traumatization, as well as by an imposition of the West German system on the new federal states. However, the transformation process was multifaceted and also greatly influenced by the commitment of numerous East Germans who got involved on the ground, helped shape developments and actively used the new opportunities.
The exhibition therefore focuses on fourteen women and men and their experiences in the transition society. They are exemplary for numerous other committed people, also beyond Berlin and Brandenburg. Their successes and failures, encouragements and retreats provide a new, different view of the transformation period.
A traveling exhibition by exhibeo
Curated by Eva Fuchslocher and Nina Burkhardt
Funded by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship and the Brandenburg State Agency for Civic Education and produced in cooperation with the Museum Pankow Berlin and the Brandenburg State Commissioner for Reappraisal of the Consequences of the Communist Dictatorship.