Exhibitions

The Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany has produced various exhibitions with a number of partners, available for presentation in your institution or public facility. The exhibitions listed here are available in English and other languages.

Should you be interested, please use the ordering forms indicated for each exhibition or send us an e-mail telling us more about your plans.

Detailed information about all our exhibitions is available here (German only).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXHIBITION PANELS AVAILABLE UPON PAYMENT OF A TOKEN PAYMENT

"Totally East" Cover Totally East - Life in East Germany
The exhibition about everyday life in East Germany was jointly sponsored by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and OSTKREUZ Agentur der Fotografen in 2018. It features photos by the renowned photographer Harald Hauswald and texts by Stefan Wolle, Scientific Director of the GDR Museum in Berlin. The exhibition comprises 20 DIN A1 exhibition panels which are available in English, Spanish, French and Russian.
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Communism in its Time
An Exhibition by Gerd Koenen, edited by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Germany and by the German Historical Museum
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. Commemorating this occasion, the exhibition ‘Communism in its Time’ depicts the rise and fall of the Communist movement, which embarked on an attempt to fundamentally change not only the entire world, but humanity itself throughout the 20th century. This totalitarian aspiration mobilised millions around the globe, while becoming a nightmare for countless millions more who became victims of violent Communist regimes. More information


The Cold War: Causes - History - Impact
An Exhibition by the Berlin Centre for Cold War Studies and the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany
Featuring texts and over 160 historical photographs and documents as well as accompanying QR codes providing corresponding hyperlinks, the exhibition conveys a panoramic overview of the Cold War and its seminal impact on the 20th century in the form of the global systems rivalry. Published by the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany. More information


Startplakat der Ausstellung Dictatorship an Democracy in the age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
An exhibition published by the Institute of Contemporary History (Munich-Berlin) (IfZ) and the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany.
The exhibition ‘Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes’ recounts Europe’s 20th century as a dramatic history of struggle between freedom and tyranny, between democracy and dictatorship. It invites the audience to partake in a search for historical positioning, certainly a timely endeavour in the year 2014. More Information


We want to be free men! The East German People's Uprising of 17 June 1953
An exhibition on contemporary history, produced by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany.
17 June 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the People’s Uprising in the GDR. On this occasion, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany presents an exhibition on contemporary history. Its author is renowned historian and author Dr Stefan Wolle.
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Youth Opposition in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
An exhibition of the Robert Havemann Society and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.
Youth resistance and opposition to the Communist dictatorship was ever-present between 1946 and 1989. This exhibition tells the story of 18 adolescents who refused to submit to the political system in the Soviet occupation zone/GDR.

The exhibition represents the ideal medium for publicly addressing questions surrounding our own contemporary history. At the same time, it provides an adequate space for hosting discussions with contemporary witnesses and other events. More information (in German only)


The Wall. A Border Through Germany
An exhibition produced by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and the newspapers BILD and DIE WELT.
On display are a number of impressive photographs and documents from the two newspapers’ archives, some of which are viewable for the first time in multiple decades. The authors Sven-Felix Kellerhoff (Die Welt) and Dr Ralf-Georg Reuth (BILD) describe the GDR’s border regime and its victims, the Western powers’ response to the construction of the Berlin Wall, flight and escape helpers, everyday life along the inner-German border and within the partitioned city, as well as the joyful overcoming of Germany’s partition during the Peaceful Revolution in 1989. More information


The Ideal World of Dictatorship? Power Structures and Daily Life in the GDR
An exhibition with photos by Harald Schmitt and texts by Stefan Wolle published by the Government Foundation for the Critical Appraisal of the SED-Dictatorship and stern magazine
What was the GDR? This question is increasingly the subject of renewed debate today. The response was still quite unambiguous in 1989: at the time, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the GDR to protest against the Communist dictatorship, for freedom to travel and better living conditions. Today, everyday life in the GDR is often romanticised. Was there really an ‘ideal world’ in the midst of dictatorship? Or were the dictatorship and everyday life in fact inextricably connected? More information


From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity
The years 2009/10 mark the 20th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification. On this occasion, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and the non-profit Hertie Foundation have provided a poster exhibition for use in historical-political educational work.More information